By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An association of about 50 retired national policy advisers wanted to
nominate ex-President Ma Ying-jeou and China’s President Xi Jinping for the Nobel Peace Prize, reports said Thursday.
Ma and Xi conducted an unprecedented meeting in Singapore on November 7, 2015. While this was the first meeting between heads of state from the two sides since they split in 1949, no agreements were signed, and several months later, Ma’s Kuomintang lost power in presidential and legislative elections.
The former national policy advisers, who served during Ma’s presidency, met at a hotel in Taipei City Thursday where they announced their intention. The ex-president also attended the event, reports said, though it was not immediately known what reaction he gave to the proposal. He reportedly smiled when it was mentioned, but did not comment directly during his speech. [FULL STORY]