Former President Ma Says 'No Thanks' to Nobel Peace Prize Effort

Former President Ma Says 'No Thanks' to Nobel Peace Prize Effort
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Ma Ying-jeou says the move is 'unsuitable.' The group also plans to nominate Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) this morning turned down a suggestion by his former national policy advisors that he be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, saying the move was “unsuitable.”

The move to nominate Ma was announced at a press conference held by a group of his former national policy advisors today. Former legislator Liu Shen-liang (劉盛良) and former Examination Yuan secretary general Lin Shui-chi (林水吉) were part of the group, which reportedly also plans to nominate Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平). If they proceed as planned, the nominations will be submitted by the end of October.

Lin said the move to nominate Ma was intended to promote peace. The group is looking for members of parliament and city councils, as well as university professors, to back the nomination, the pro-Beijing China Times reported.

Lin told the China Times that the suggestion was first put forth to Ma at a meeting in June. At the time Ma was “hopeful, but wanted to keep it [the nomination] low-key," Lin said.

Ma’s office confirmed that Lin and Liu met with Ma at the time, but that the former president had tried to discourage the pair from nominating him.

Ma and Xi met in Singapore on November 7, 2015. This was the first time since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949 and the since the creation of the People’s Republic of China the leaders of Taiwan and China had met.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: Edward White