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April 29, 2017

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Beijing rejects Ma-Xi meet at APEC, Boao Forum: Wang

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) yesterday gave a report on his visit to mainland China to the Legislature and said that the mainland Chinese authorities have rejected the idea of President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping meeting at either the APEC conference in Beijing or the Boao Forum for Asia (博鰲論壇), according to lawmakers.

Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), who also serves as executive director of the ruling party's Policy Committee, said that members of the Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus asked the minister whether a Ma-Xi meet would take place at the APEC conference or the Boao Forum for Asia.

In response, the minister said that the mainland Chinese authorities have rejected both ideas, adding that the timing is not yet ripe.

According to Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), Wang mentioned in his report that he had broached the idea of a Ma-Xi meet at APEC during a conversation with Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), but that the idea was rejected and not further discussed.

People First Party (PFP) lawmaker Thomas Lee (李桐豪) said that he asked Wang what the political objectives of a Ma-Xi meet might be, with Wang replying that the MAC will uphold the R.O.C.'s integrity without explaining what the political objectives might be.

According to PFP lawmaker Chen Yi-chieh (陳怡潔), Wang said that it would be impossible to arrange a Ma-Xi meet at APEC in the near future.

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