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Ma eyes APEC as Xi meeting venue

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said during a recent interview with a local magazine that the “stage” for a potential meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping is “all set,” noting that he sees the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this November as the best opportunity for the meeting to take place.

During the interview with the Chinese-language Global Views Monthly, which was published yesterday, Ma further explained that as the APEC leaders' meeting avoids addressing the participants as prime minister or president, the venue would be acceptable to the Taiwanese public.

Ma said, however, there appear to be some difficulties for Beijing — the 2014 APEC host — to accept the proposal. “So we are still waiting to see if there is a chance for the meeting,” he said.

The 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 in Beijing. Leaders of the 21 APEC members are expected to attend the venue.

Ma's Take on Student Protests

When speaking about the series of student-led demonstrations over the past few months, Ma said these demonstrations reminded him of the protests he had participated in over 40 years ago.

Ma went on to say that he can view things from the students' point of view, adding that he acknowledges students' freedom to express their opinions via sit-in demonstrations outside the Legislative Yuan.

However, using violent approaches in the Assembly Hall and paralyzing the operation of the Legislature are unacceptable, the president said, adding that the March 23 occupation of the Executive Yuan and the April 11 siege of Zhongzheng First Precinct were unacceptable.

Ma said that street movements cannot replace the Legislature, noting that things eventually have to return to the Legislature for a solution.

Ruling Party vs. Opposition

Talking about the relationship between the ruling party and the opposition, Ma said the two parties “are not incapable” of communicating with each other, adding that when Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) invited him for a talk about the issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant on April 25, he immediately accepted Su's invitation.

Ma said he also agreed to talk with the student activists regarding the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, noting that, however, he could not accept the prerequisites set by the student activists.

The president said that the essence of “democracy” should allow everyone to freely voice their opinions without any prerequisites. “I wonder why they continue to demand democracy but at the same time propose something that is not based on democracy,” he said.

Ma said to take another example, the opposition lawmakers have occupied the rostrum of the Legislative Yuan 41 times this year. “How do we make policies, make decisions, if democracy has been twisted so badly?” he asked.

When asked about the service trade pact, Ma said it seems that the positive opinions of the trade pact are not reaching the public. The false information about the trade pact has caused a certain degree of concern among the public, Ma said.

“Sentimentalism and blindness to reason are our greatest concerns,” Ma said, adding that “we cannot even discuss issues in a rational manner.”

May 26, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
What does President Ma hope to achieve by talking in person to China's President Xi, Jinping? He knows that China still wants to annex Taiwan. Does he not oppose that design? He knows that China is using its economic and military strength to bring Asian countries into submission without respect for prevailing international law. Does he want Taiwan to be a party to that design?
May 26, 2014    carltanong@
lightcrusaderjr@ wrote:
What does President Ma hope to achieve by talking in person to China's President Xi, Jinping? He knows that China still wants to annex Taiwan. Does he not oppose that design? He knows that China is using its economic and military strength to bring Asian countries into submission without respect for prevailing international law. Does he want Taiwan to be a party to that design?
Don't brainwash the people of Taiwan.

REMEMBER....
_It is TING KUI who betray and a traitor to our country R.O.CHINA by kissing the as+ and kowtow to the 14 class A.B.C. Japanese war criminal inside the Yasukuni Shrine. TING KUI had showed that JAPANESE should be the MASTER of the Taiwanese people.

REMERBER...
TING KUIi HAS SOLDOUT our DIOYUTAI to JAPAN without the consent of the Taiwanese PEOPLE.

REMEMBER...
_President Ma is NOT TING KUI.

REMEMBER...
_TING KUI is the most POPULAR illegitimate SO+ OF A BIT++ IN OUR Chinese and World history.

REMEMBER...
_TING KUI have his BRILLIANT design that Taiwan will once again let his Daddy land JAPAN to occupy Taiwan from the Japanese mighty military fanatic forces.

May 26, 2014    billparkhurst@
Is Ma going to bring us solar from this meeting...China produces the lions share of panels...will we see our rooftops covered with them from his meeting with xi? Will we have cheap natural energy? Or will we have dangerous nukes?
May 27, 2014    asiaasiaasiaasia@
lightcrusaderjr@ wrote:
What does President Ma hope to achieve by talking in person to China's President Xi, Jinping? He knows that China still wants to annex Taiwan. Does he not oppose that design? He knows that China is using its economic and military strength to bring Asian countries into submission without respect for prevailing international law. Does he want Taiwan to be a party to that design?
You only make peace by talking to those with whom you are not at peace.

Good luck to both Chinese Presidents if they meet.
May 27, 2014    Henrywp.wang@
President Ma's intention takes part in APEC to lay the foundations to make sure the lasting peace between Mainland China and Taiwan. In spite of China's indecision on his participation, he eagerly shows his passions and determinations to do something better for the both sides. I support and admire you. You are the best president since the establishment of ROC. I hope you will win Nobel Peace Prize.
May 28, 2014    edann77@
If President Ma can make this happen, it'll be a welcome distraction from the recent political/social turmoil that has gripped Taiwan recently. Let's see if mainland China offers him a bigger carrot, if they meet. Rest assured, the DPP will then do everything they can to tear to sheds whatever results.
May 28, 2014    asiaasiaasiaasia@
Henrywp.wang@ wrote:
President Ma's intention takes part in APEC to lay the foundations to make sure the lasting peace between Mainland China and Taiwan. In spite of China's indecision on his participation, he eagerly shows his passions and determinations to do something better for the both sides. I support and admire you. You are the best president since the establishment of ROC. I hope you will win Nobel Peace Prize.
Agreed. He is top class.
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