Opposition leader slams Ma

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen. PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI • Taiwan's main opposition leader said yesterday that she was disappointed that President Ma Ying-jeou made no reference to preserving the island's democracy and freedom during his landmark meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in Singapore.

"We had expected Mr Ma to talk about Taiwan's democracy, freedom and the existence of the Republic of China," said Ms Tsai Ing-wen, referring to Taiwan's official name, in televised comments.

"More importantly, the Taiwan people's right to choose freely. But he did not say a word of that."

Prior to the meeting of the two leaders, Ms Tsai who heads the Democratic Progressive Party, told reporters that the three principles on which a meeting of leaders of the two sides can take place would be: parity of the leaders, transparency and no political pre-conditions.

Yesterday, she slammed Mr Ma for failing to safeguard all three principles. "Instead, the only result was to create on the international stage a political framework limiting the choices of the Taiwan people," she said.

She would use "democratic means" to rectify the damage caused by yesterday's meeting, reported Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS.

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2015, with the headline 'Opposition leader slams Ma'. Print Edition | Subscribe