Ma sparks more fumes than glory during summit

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-11-10
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The summit between President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese compatriot President Xi Jinping

Associated Press

Associated Press

has been widely seen as a publicity stunt set up just in time prior to the upcoming January 16 elections. Some say the motive behind this meeting was a ploy to boost Kuomintang’s low-slung popularity, while majority of the pundits believe Ma wanted to write “history” by promoting his own legacy after he is long gone from the face of the Earth.

Whatever Ma has concocted, he can be rest assured that the meeting in Singapore will not help instill support for the KMT, nor will it propel him to a symbolic status with the likes of then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the negotiations at Oslo in 1993.

Why? It’s because the average “public” outside of Taiwan don’t really give a toss about the Ma-Xi meeting, let alone who Ma is (or his full name). Cynical, but true.

In terms of global affair, Taiwan is so insignificant and “unnewsworthy” that whenever there are international news broadcasts about the island, the topic would most probably be related to natural disasters, or a “showdown” in parliament (and on rare occasions such as the Ma-Xi summit.)     [FULL  STORY]

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