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Civic groups say Ma-Xi meeting eroded sovereignty

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Members of the Free Taiwan Party yesterday hold a press conference in Taipei to tell President Ma Ying-jeou that Taiwan’s future is to be decided by the Taiwanese, and not by him alone.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore on Saturday has undermined Taiwan’s sovereignty and breached the “status quo,” pro-localization civic associations, including the World Taiwanese Congress said yesterday.

Taiwan Nation Alliance chairman Wu Shu-min (吳樹民) condemned the Ma-Xi meeting.

“Ever since Ma assumed office, he has tirelessly promoted the fabricated ‘1992 consensus’ and ‘one-China, two expressions,’ while in reality dreaming of meeting Xi and fantasizing about winning a Nobel Peace Prize,” Wu said.

“Ma wanted to arrange the meeting with Xi before his term of office comes to an end, and he was willing to ignore the democratic process and employ underhand methods to achieve this. It was not until Wednesday last week, when the media made the shocking revelation that Ma was going to Singapore to meet Xi on Saturday, that Ma was finally compelled to go public with the announcement,” Wu said.

“The alliance strongly condemns this blatant violation of democratic procedures and declares that it does not recognize any consensus announced by the Ma-Xi meeting,” he said.

World Taiwanese Congress chairperson Susan Chang (程韻如) said that with Ma’s effort to secure a “legacy” for himself, he had sacrificed the Taiwanese “right to self-determination,” and forced cross-strait relations to proceed under the “1992 consensus,” resulting in the erosion of Taiwan’s standing in the international community.

“The legacy Ma made for himself is a betrayal of Taiwanese, and the destruction of the Republic of China,” World Taiwanese Congress secretary-general Wang Kang-hou (王康厚) said.

Wu said that the KMT government, in print and digital media, had endeavored to obscure the reality of Taiwan’s status by creating false narratives on what the “status quo” constitutes.

“The alliance reiterates that the ‘status quo’ that we pledge to maintain is defined by the following: Taiwan is a sovereign and independent nation; No relationship of [sovereign] possession exists between Taiwan and China; Taiwan is free and democratic, and that the Taiwan Strait must remain peaceable and stable,” he said.

Former Mainland Affairs Chairman Su Chi (蘇起) said in 2006 that he made up the term “1992 consensus in 2000.

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