King Pu-tsung talks of Ma-Xi meet­ing fail­ure

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC, ) Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral King Pu-tsung ( ) on Mon­day at­trib­uted the main­land’s re­jec­tion of a pro­posed meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou and his main­land coun­ter­part Xi Jin­ping ( ) last year to Ma’s in­sis­tence on hold­ing the meet­ing at the APEC sum­mit.

Ma’s in­sis­tence that the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion ( APEC) sum­mit in Bei­jing last year would be the best venue for a meet­ing be­tween him and Xi was based on the con­cept that APEC’s membership is not pred­i­cated on the no­tion of sovereign na­tion states, but rather eco­nomic iden­ti­ties, ac­cord­ing to King.

How­ever, main­land China re­jected Ma’s pro­posal be­cause Bei­jing was dis­sat­is­fied with Ma’s of­fer to meet with Xi at an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum, King said in a ra­dio in­ter­view.

Asked whether the re­jec­tion of the pro­posed Ma-Xi meet­ing at the APEC sum­mit had some­thing to do with the res­ig­na­tion of Chang Hsien-yao ( ), for­mer deputy min­is­ter of the Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC, ), over charges of leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to the main­land, King said that while cross-strait re­la­tions ap­peared to be fac­ing a bot­tle­neck, it was ab­so­lutely un­re­lated to Chang’s case.

King also said that Pres­i­dent Ma’s achieve­ments in im­prov­ing crossstrait re­la­tions have gained wide­spread recog­ni­tion with U.S. think tank schol­ars and of­fi­cials hav­ing given high praise of his per­for­mance in this re­gard.

De­spite be­ing la­beled as “proChina” and “sell­ing out Tai­wan,” the pres­i­dent’s in­sis­tence on the pro­posed Ma-Xi meet­ing has never changed, King added.

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