By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwan has only just been recovering from all the excitement of President Ma Ying-jeou
traveling to Singapore for an 82-second handshake and a one-hour meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping.
Yet, already, never-resting talk show commentators and media are starting to throw theories around about the need for the Ma-Xi summit to be succeeded by a similar meeting with the next president of Taiwan.
Whatever motivations the president might have had in timing his encounter with his Chinese counterpart on November 7, the most recent polls show that any impact of the summit on the presidential election is likely to be negligible.
Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen had the backing of 42 percent of the public, Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu could count on 22 percent, and People First Party Chairman James Soong would still receive 8 percent if an election were held soon, a poll conducted on behalf of Business Weekly concluded after the Ma-Xi summit. [FULL STORY]