Ma extends goodwill to Sunflower Movement member

04/20/2014 08:31 PM
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Taipei, April 20 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou extended goodwill to a young man who called himself as a member of the medical team serving the Sunflower Movement at a youth forum Sunday, saying he is open to any questions from young people of the country.

Ma approached Chang Chin-pao and shook hands with the latter at the end of a forum organized by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to gather opinions of young party members aged under 40.

Chang claimed he had come to the "enemy camp" in the hope that Ma would listen to voices of members of the student movement that began on March 18 in protest against a controversial cross-Taiwan Strait agreement on trade in services.

The movement ended on April 10 with the government's promise to push through legislation of an act on monitoring all cross-strait agreements.

To Chang, Ma said he always welcomes dialogue with students. He hopes Chang, who he said is the first Sunflower Movement member he has met, can convey his wish to communicate with student protesters as long as they don't set any conditions, Ma said.

"Free discussions are possible only when there are no strings attached," he said.

Asked about his close encounter with Ma, Chang said that he now felt the president seems to be a person who takes opinions -- not the one he used to think of.

At the three-hour forum, Ma replied almost all questions, which range from the services trade pact, the March 18 student movement to his own way of appointing people to key government positions.

(By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)ENDITEM/sc

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