„Not everyone understands this. But we (ROC government) have done what needed to be done, and we will keep doing so until the very end.“

—  Ma Ying-jeou, Ma Ying-jeou (2013) cited in: " Time not right for political talks with China: Ma http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2013/10/26/2003575395" in Taipei Times, 26 October 2013. Statement made in commenting his record-low approval rating and saying that he has no desire to change the cross-strait relations policies, 25 October 2013.
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