Tsai urges united foreign policy stance after slights against Ma

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) believes the country should have the same stance on the international stage despite the differences political parties have domestically, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Friday.

Huang was explaining the Presidential Office’s statement on Thursday in which it protested the poor treatment received by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at the World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES) in Melaka, Malaysia, which was held on Nov. 16 and 17.

Under pressure from Beijing, the organizers of the conference described Ma in the summit’s handbook and on its name tags as simply “H.E. Ma Ying-jeou,” angering the former president.

Unwilling to accept the treatment, Ma instead wore a self-prepared name tag that clearly identified him as “Former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

He further emphasized at the beginning of his speech, “I am Ma Ying-jeou, former president of the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

Taiwan’s Presidential Office later criticized the treatment of the former president of the Republic of China as “extremely impolite and inappropriate” and demanded an apology from the organizers.

Asked about the matter, Huang said China’s suppression of Taiwan does not vary among different political groups in Taiwan, and Beijing will not treat you differently because you have a different political stance, he said, referring to Ma’s China-friendly policies while in office.

He said that after Tsai learned of the WCES incident on Thursday, she said while the “pan-green” (anchored by the Democratic Progressive Party) and “pan-blue” (led by the Kuomintang) political parties share different views within the country, they should have a consistent stance outside Taiwan.

Tsai believes her office’s response properly expressed the country’s stance, Huang said.

Ma returned to Taiwan on Friday after concluding his four-day trip to Malaysia, which was his first overseas visit since leaving office on May 20.

Speaking of the title controversy, Ma said he was aware that China was behind the move and that the organizers of the event apologized to him afterwards.

Ma said it was unnecessary for China to take such action, which he characterized as not benefiting ties between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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