MAC releases Ma-Xi meeting transcript - Taipei Times
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MAC releases Ma-Xi meeting transcript

LEVERAGE:During the closed-door meeting, Ma said that Chinese military drills and Taiwan’s inability to participate in international organizations fueled the ‘opposition’

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

“If possible, some well-intended actions by your side should help abate this sort of unnecessary criticism,” Ma added.

Turning to the growing predicaments faced by Taiwan in participating in international events, Ma said meaningful participation in the international community has always been the Taiwanese public’s greatest aspiration.

“The viable diplomatic platform promoted by our side over the past seven years has helped to create a virtuous cycle in cross-strait relations,” Ma said.

“However, this cycle has yet to reach its full potential, as evidenced by the UN recently refusing Taiwanese carrying [ROC] passports entry to its headquarters,” Ma added.

Impediments have also been encountered by Taiwanese specialists seeking to attend meetings held by non-governmental organizations and by the government in its attempts to join bilateral or multilateral economic and trade discussions.

“These circumstances have created a negative perception of Taiwanese, especially those considered to be in the social elite. Both sides should work to reduce hostility and confrontation, beginning from this area,” Ma said.

Ma concluded his speech by urging both sides of the Taiwan Strait to cooperate to create a brighter future for future generations.

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