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President reaffirms '92 consensus, opposition not committed

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Thursday his administration's position on an understanding that has helped stabilize relations across the Taiwan Strait, an understanding that the main opposition party refuses to recognize. Receiving Eric Wakin, an associate director of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Ma said that his pronouncements seven years ago have helped to stabilize Taiwan's ties with both China and the United States. What he said seven years ago, when he first took office, was that he intended to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait by seeking neither unification nor independence and opposing the use of force to resolve cross-strait issues, the president said. He also said at the time that Taiwan would promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations based on the 1992 consensus, which allows the two sides to interpret the concept of "one China" in their own ways, the president added. Ma's comments came a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that cross-strait relations could return to a turbulent state if their foundation -- in the form of the 1992 consensus -- is shaken. Xi's warning was clearly aimed at Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), a year before Taiwan's next presidential election is held. The DPP has indicated that it will not be bound by the consensus, an agreement reached between the previous Kuomintang (KMT) government and China to pave the way for semi-official talks. Without directly rejecting Xi's statement, a DPP official laid out his party's "three benefits" and "three insists" as a pre-condition for its dealings with China. The "three benefits" are that the promotion of cross-strait relations should benefit the development of freedom and democracy, regional peace and stability and cross-strait exchanges, on a mutually beneficial basis, said Chao Tien-lin, a lawmaker and the DPP's director for China affairs. The "three insists" consist of making sure that the government's policy-making is democratic and transparent, that all parties are allowed to take part in cross-strait exchanges and that any fruits growing out of those interactions are shared fairly among the people, he said. The people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, as well as the international community, wish to see the continued development of peace and stability in the region, Chao told reporters, adding that the maintenance of that peace and stability is a shared responsibility of both sides. (By Kelven Huang, Tai Ya-chen and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-20 21:42 GMT+08:00