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Ma, Tsai have ‘relaxed’ meeting

THE REAL WORLD:Tsai told Ma that ‘young people need to focus on skills that allow them to integrate into society, rather than on passing exams,’ the DPP said

By Alison Hsiao and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters

Tsai said that the remarks of pan-green academics should not be interpreted as the DPP’s stance on the South China Sea, adding that the government’s existing documents concerning the region would be carefully studied, Wu said.

At a post-meeting news conference organized by the Presidential Office, Presidential Office Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said cross-strait issues were barely touched upon during the Ma-Tsai meeting because of time constraints.

“Ma only said to Tsai nearing the end of their meeting that his government’s stance on and principles of handling cross-strait ties have been made pretty clear. They did not go into any details on the issue,” Tseng said.

Tseng also denied that the so-called “1992 consensus,” the stalled cross-strait service trade agreement, or the proposed cross-strait trade in goods accord were brought up during the meeting.

Ma and Beijing have repeatedly urged Tsai to accept the “1992 consensus,” which refers to a tacit understanding between the KMT and the Chinese government that both sides acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.

Asked whether it was agreed beforehand that cross-strait issues be left out of the meeting, Tseng said representatives from both sides only reached a consensus on the format of the talks during a preparatory meeting on Monday and did not discuss what topics should be on the agenda.

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Hsiao Hsu-tsen (蕭旭岑) also downplayed questions as to whether Ma tried to insinuate a link between Taiwan’s stable ties with its diplomatic allies and continued cross-strait engagement.

“They did talk about the situation regarding the nation’s diplomatic allies, but cannot reveal the content of their conversation because it involves classified information,” Hsiao said.

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