Taiwan’s President Not Happy About China’s Military Exercise Making Taiwan’s Presidential Building a Target, Then Snub from Xi Jinping

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By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter
Taipei Times

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that he was not happy when asked about a recent Chinese military exercise targeting an apparent replica of Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building.

During an interview with the BBC on Friday last week, Ma was asked by the news outlet’s China editor Carrie Gracie, who is based in Beijing, whether he shared the displeasure of his administration over the military drill.

To the question Ma replied: “Of course.”

 Ma Ying-jeou. AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

The Presidential Office yesterday released the transcript of the interview, excerpts of which were broadcast by the BBC yesterday.

The footage of China’s military exercise at the Zhuihe Training Base in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, aired by Chinese state-media channel China Central Television (CCTV) on July 5, showed special forces personnel attacking a replica building.

Taiwanese media obtained the CCTV footage on Wednesday…

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