Taiwan not giving up on summit with Chinese president: Ma
Central News Agency
2014-08-28 10:29 PM
Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday his administration has not given up on any chance to arrange a summit meeting between himself and Chinese President Xi Jinping. "As we've said before, some conditions are required for such a meeting; if those conditions are not there, of course there will not be (a summit)," the president told a press conference. The conference was held to explain the government's stance on the allegations that Chang Hsien-yao, the sacked former deputy of the Mainland Affairs Council, leaked national secrets to China in his capacity as a leading negotiator. Dismissing media speculation that the charges against Chang are related to a lukewarm response from China over the "Ma-Xi meeting" proposal, Ma said there is no connection and "we shall see as the Chang case develops." Ma's administration has expressed hopes for an unprecedented meeting with his Chinese counterpart at the upcoming APEC conference in Beijing set for November. The government's position on the summit remains unchanged, Ma said, adding that "we will not give up if given a chance, but we will not push for it if conditions are not ripe." Ma has said he would be willing to meet with Xi if, from the perspective of the country, there is a need, the people can accept it, and the Legislature can monitor such a meeting. (By Kelven Huang and S.C. Chang)
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