The Ma-Xi meeting limits Taiwanese people's ability to choose

Today, after watching the Ma-Xi meeting on the television, I believe most Taiwanese are as disappointed as I am. President Ma left under the concern that this visit would be shrouded in secrecy. Now he is about to return with even greater controversy.

We had hoped that President Ma would speak about Taiwan's democracy, freedom, and the existence of the Republic of China. More importantly, that he would mention the freedom of the Taiwanese people to make their own choices. However, none of these were mentioned.

It is with regret that we see the only result from the Ma-Xi meeting was their attempt to limit the people's ability to choose the future of cross-strait relations by setting political preconditions on the international stage. This morning, we had hoped that President Ma would do three things for the Taiwanese people: guarantee the 23 million Taiwanese' right to choose; not set political preconditions in the cross-strait relationship; and attain equal respect. None of them were achieved.

Self-identity amongst the Taiwanese people has always been a complicated matter. But I have always believed, that after twenty years of democratization, the Taiwanese are a free and democratic people. I believe that the DPP can lead the Taiwanese people to express how they truly feel. Political preconditions that are devoid of democratic procedure and without a firm basis in public opinion will never be accepted by the people of Taiwan.

I have confidence in Taiwan's democracy and the Taiwanese people. Together with the Taiwanese people, we will reverse the damage caused by the Ma-Xi meeting through democracy.

Original text in Chinese:

各位媒體朋友,今天下午在電視上,看完馬習會之後,我相信大多數的台灣人民,都和我一樣,感到非常失望。馬總統帶著黑箱的疑慮出發,即將回來更大的爭議。

我們原先都期待,從馬總統口中說出台灣的民主、台灣的自由,以及中華民國的存在。更重要的,還有台灣人民自由選擇的權利。不過,他都沒有提到。

我們很遺憾,馬習會唯一達成的效果,是在國際舞台上,企圖用政治框架,框限未來在兩岸關係上人民的選擇。今天早上,我們期許馬總統為台灣人民做的三件事情,包括確保兩千三百萬台灣人民的選擇權、交往沒有政治前提,以及對等尊嚴,可是這三件事,他一件都沒有做到。

台灣人民的自我認同是一個複雜的問題,但我始終相信,經歷了二十多年的民主化歷程,台灣人就是民主人、就是自由人,我相信民進黨可以帶領台灣人民,表達我們真正的心聲。缺乏民主程序、沒有民意支持的政治框架,台灣人民絕對不會接受。

我對台灣民主、對台灣人民有信心。我和台灣人民會一起用更民主的方式,來彌補馬習會所造成的傷害。謝謝!