May 18, 2017, 1:22 PM
President Ma Ying-jeou recently ruled out the possibility of visiting
Emphasising that his administration would like to resume bilateral talks based on the "1992 consensus," Ma told his first international press conference since taking the oath of office that he did not have any plans to visit China and that there was no hurry for leaders of both sides to meet. He said he was glad to see Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung visit
While he did not have any plan to meet with the Dalai Lama, he said the religious leader was welcome to visit the country.
The party-to-party communication platform established by KMT honorary chairman Lien Chan and Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2005 will not overlap with the official channel, Ma said, adding that the latter mechanisms should be activated within a week or two.
Ma said he welcomed Chinese investment in his "I-Taiwan 12 infrastructure projects" but did not think Chinese capital would affect his political agenda.
He said he did not think
On weapons procurement, Ma said
His administration would build the military's defence capability and continue to purchase defensive weapons, but would never buy nuclear weapons, he said
On foreign affairs, Ma said he was sorry about the
Regarding the bids to join the WHO and UN, Ma said
He urged ASEAN countries to include
On domestic affairs, Ma said on top of his administration's agenda is revitalizing the economy, building a clean government, creating civic harmony and cross-strait peace and restoring mutual trust with the