Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
Ma returned to Taiwan last night.
Prior to his departure for Taipei from Singapore's Changi airport yesterday, Ma said that he had clearly conveyed his policy initiatives on relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to the governments in both New Delhi and Singapore.
He added that he had gained an Indian promise to strengthen scientific and economic cooperation with Taiwan.
Focusing most of his trips on discussing economic issues with major information technology industry associations in the two countries, Ma said he will focus his presidential campaign on the economy to improve people's lives.
Ma also criticized his Democratic Progressive Party counterpart Frank Hsieh (
After a closed-door meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) on Wednesday to discuss cross-strait issues, Ma defended his "mutual non-denial" policy, which he brought up in India on Wednesday.
He said the KMT would continue to support the idea of each side of the Strait having its own interpretation of "one China."
He said that as long as China and Taiwan could reach the status of what he termed as "mutual non-denial," they would spontaneously refer back to the so-called "1992 consensus."
Ma shrugged off President Chen Shui-bian's (
"President Chen will criticize whatever concepts I proposed. But the truth is the government's policies only make people suffer," Ma said yesterday in Singapore.
Ma had declined to confirm his meeting with the two Singaporean leaders, but Lee Kuan Yew later confirmed discussing cross-strait issues and Ma's new "mutual non-denial" proposal in the meeting.
Lee Kuan Yew said that his country would continue to stick to the "one China" policy and oppose Taiwanese independence.
In response to Lee Kuan Yew's openness about the closed-door meeting, Ma said that he was surprised by Lee's move, but he respected the decision.
"Lee Kuan Yew told me that he supported my policy of maintaining the status quo and not pursuing Taiwanese independence," Ma said.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CNA
‘CROCODILE TEARS’: The Taiwan Statebuilding Party said the Kaohsiung mayor was only apologizing after a poll revealed that 45% of the city’s residents favored a recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) at a city council session yesterday apologized for taking three months off last year to campaign for January’s presidential election. Han said that he was now prioritizing municipal affairs and was focused primarily on preventing the spread of COVID-19. He was “doing two days’ work each day” to make up for time lost, he said. Han on May 5 attended a city council session for the first time in 201 days, giving a report on pandemic response measures. At yesterday’s session, Han said the Kaohsiung City Government would be injecting NT$50 million (US$1.67 million) into the
Taipei City Councilor Wu Pei-yi (吳沛憶) on Saturday urged the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs to designate the Japanese colonial-era Showa Building (昭和樓) a cultural heritage site to protect it from being demolished. Wu made the remarks after the department on Tuesday last week visited the building to evaluate it for preservation, a standard procedure before a public building that is more than 50 years old is razed. The Showa Building, on Zhongxiao E Road Sec 2, was a rare kind of office building when it was constructed in 1942, Wu said. The three-story building was built with reinforced concrete and has European-style
A proposal by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to permanently ban sitting in Taipei Railway Station’s main hall has received a mixed reaction online, with some social media users vowing to launch a sit-in at the station. Gatherings at the hall have been prohibited since Feb. 29 in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s policy of reducing crowd sizes in public places. A Facebook user organizing the sit-in said that the hall is a public space and there is no legitimate reason to ban sitting on the floor. He said he suspected that the proposal was made due to business considerations and
Chinese over-the-top (OTT) service provider iQiyi cannot register as a provider in Taiwan after the Mainland Affairs Council declared it to be an illegal service, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. Both iQiyi and WeTV were deemed to be illegal Chinese OTT operators in an interdepartmental meeting on Friday last week, officials said, adding that this prohibits them from marketing their services in Taiwan or seeking subscribers. The government plans to block a local server that iQiyi has been using to transmit content to domestic audiences, which would disrupt its content transmission. OTT Entertainment Ltd, which is enlisted by iQiyi to