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MA-XI MEETING: US was told about talks, official says

‘STRONG STAKE’:A senior US State Department official said the Singapore meeting ‘is consistent with the direction’ Washington has encouraged the two sides to move in

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

However, US Department of State press relations director Elizabeth Trudeau said: “We welcome KMT Party Chairman Eric Chu’s visit and look forward to discussing a wide range of issues with him, just as we did with DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in June.”

“The United States will not take sides in the election. The outcome of Taiwan’s election is a matter for the people of Taiwan to decide,” she said.

The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) on Wednesday released a statement expressing “deep concern” about the Ma-Xi meeting.

“The fact that the plans for the meeting were kept under wraps until the last minute is symptomatic of the undemocratic ‘black box ‘approach the Ma government has been following,” it said.

“It is inappropriate for a lame duck president to engage in such a meeting,” FAPA said. “A truly fruitful and productive meeting between the leaders from the two sides can only be held in due time, after Taiwan itself has reached a broad consensus on future cross-strait relations in a transparent and open political process.”

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