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Ex-president urges independence poll

OPPORTUNITY:Chen Shui-bian said deteriorating China-US ties and a trade war have given Taiwan room to improve ties with Washington and raise its international stature

By William Hetherington  /  Staff writer, with CNA

While Taiwan-Japan ties have been good under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tsai has not responded positively enough toward Japan, Chen was quoted as saying.

Regarding cross-strait ties, Chen reportedly criticized former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), saying that he “left the door wide open” for China to accelerate its “annexing of Taiwan.”

Ma’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore in November 2015 was “simply Ma putting on a show and did nothing good for Taiwan,” Chen was quoted as saying.

Asked about the Sankei Shimbun referring to the story as an “interview” with Chen, Taichung Prison Deputy Warden Lee Chin-kuo (李進國) said that from his initial understanding, Chen did not accept an interview, but accepted an invitation to attend the event to “talk.”

The prison does not plan to take any action on the issue at the moment, he said.

Additional reporting by Chang Jui-chen

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