MAC pushing for Tsai-Xi meeting

07/02/2018 01:39 PM
President Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese President Xi Jinping (CNA file photos)
President Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese President Xi Jinping (CNA file photos)

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Monday that his agency will continue to push for a meeting between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) "without preconditions."

"The two should sit down and have a face-to-face talk," Chen said. "It's better (for them) not to spin the wheels, as it could lead to some misjudgment if the two are far apart," Chen told reporters prior to a legislative hearing.

"The MAC will continue to work toward that goal with no conditions attached," he said.

Asked whether Beijing had responded to the MAC's call, Chen said "they are probably aware of our wish" but "they also have their own way of thinking."

Commenting on Tsai's recent interview with AFP in which she called on other countries to join with Taiwan to constrain China, Chen said the president's aim is to unite countries that share the same values, in an effort to protect the world amid China's expansion.

In the June 25 interview with AFP, Tsai urged other nations to stand up with Taiwan to guard against China's expansion and protect the world's liberal and democratic values.

Meanwhile, Chen said some of China's recent actions have been very disturbing to other countries.

Using its hegemonic influence, China has been forcing foreign airlines to list Taiwan as "part of China" on their websites, Chen said, adding that such coercion should be condemned.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang)


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