With the first-ever meeting in Singapore on Nov. 7 between the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China now a month old, the dust has settled enough to seek to assess its impact. The popular result was depressingly predictable for the flailing Kuomintang, the current ruling party. Recent polls show that 52.7 percent of Taiwanese voters regarded the meeting as an infamous performance by their soon-to-be former president, Ma Ying-jeou and an attempt to manipulate the electorate. More overwhelmingly, roughly 80 percent regarded the meeting between Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping as in no way a benefit for Taiwan.
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