SENSITIVE TIMING:The DPP’s presidential candidate said that the public would question whether Ma was intending to influence results of the Jan. 16 elections
Date: Nov 05, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)
yesterday lashed out at President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) planned meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), calling it a manipulation of the January elections and labelling the decisionmaking process as opaque.
“Now is a sensitive period of time as election campaigns are underway in Taiwan, and the public would definitely question whether [the president] is intending to influence the election result by holding a Ma-Xi meeting,” Tsai said.
“If the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] always chooses to politically manipulate cross-strait issues ahead of elections, it would have a negative impact on the cross-strait relationship in the long run and would not win support from the people of Taiwan,” she said. [FULL STORY]