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Xi talks for Taiwanese well-being: Ma

HIT A NERVE:Ma Ying-jeou lost his cool when asked about Tsai Ing-wen’s criticism of the meeting, saying: ‘I have never understood what she is talking about’

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Also to be discussed during the meeting is China’s military threat against Taiwan and Taipei’s predicaments in its participation of international events, Ma said.

Ma said that he has not ruled out bringing up issues regarding the eight-year war against Japan, but would not touch upon territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Asked about a cross-strait peace agreement, Ma said: “We would not promote such an agreement unless polls indicate that it is backed by the public.”

He said 23 cross-strait pacts have been signed by his administration, which could be deemed peace treaties in a broad sense, as they would not have been signed were it not for cross-strait peace.

Prompted by a badge featuring the national flag on Ma’s suit, a reporter asked the president whether he would wear it during his meeting with Xi.

“No I will not, because it certainly would be awkward if he also wears one depicting China’s national flag,” Ma said.

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