By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping met the wrong person at the wrong time, and no handshake will
win over the Taiwanese people’s sympathy, Time Magazine said in a report about last weekend’s summit with President Ma Ying-jeou.
The two leaders held a historic meeting in Singapore on Saturday, but international criticism focused on the event as a photo opportunity without much content.
“The handshake was long, 82 seconds, almost awkwardly so, and the smiles were stretched too, for the cameras,” Time’s Asia editor Zoher Abdoolcarim opened his report, available online Tuesday.
The writer described Ma as “a yesterday man,” referring to his poll ratings barely making double digits near the end of his final term. “A spotty economy during his tenure, infighting in a fragmenting KMT that lacks a coherent vision for Taiwan, and a broad slate of commercial agreements Ma reached with Beijing, have all conspired to hurt him,” Time wrote. [FULL STORY]