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Ex-security chief advises DPP to compromise on 'one China'

Ex-security chief advises DPP to compromise on 'one China'

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Former National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi advised the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Wednesday to seek a compromise on the issue of "one China" -- a principle that he said is accepted by almost all countries in the world. Speaking in his capacity as chairman of Taipei Forum Foundation, Su said if the DPP refuses to compromise on the "one China" aspect of the 1992 consensus, the party will face many difficulties, not just with China. "I'm afraid the DPP will gradually get into trouble with other countries too," said Su, who is an expert on China issues. It was he who coined the term "1992 consensus" which in Chinese is usually phrased as "one China, different interpretations" or "one China, respective interpretations." The 1992 consensus, an agreement between Taipei and Beijing that there is only "one China" but each side is free to interpret what that means, has been adopted by President Ma Ying-jeou's administration as the basis for improving ties with China. While Taiwan likes to emphasize the "different interpretations" part of the term, the "one China" aspect is of greater significance and is almost universally recognized, Su said. The DPP, which favors the idea of an independent Taiwan that is legally separate from China, has refused to recognize the 1992 consensus, saying it was agreement only between Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC). DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen has advocated instead the idea of a "Taiwan consensus" as a basis for dealing with China. With the Ma administration steadily losing public approval, the DPP is seen as likely to regain power in 2016 after eight years in opposition. China has threatened to stop negotiating with Taiwan if the government refuses to recognize the "1992 consensus." Su advised that whichever party is in power, Taiwan should continue its talks and exchanges with China, as this has been a "valuable" development over the past 20 years. He said that although the 1992 consensus is not a panacea for all the problems across the Taiwan Strait, it has served both sides well by resolving some "basic" issues between the two former arch rivals. So far, he said, the 1992 consensus has proved workable and the DPP will have to offer a better alternative if it thinks the consensus is not good enough. The DPP will need to come up with a "workable solution" that is acceptable not only to China but also the United States, Japan and other major countries in the world, Su said. He said he established the Taipei Forum so that the KMT, DPP and CPC could hold dialogue. Su said he hopes to see stabilization of the three-way ties as this would create peace across the Taiwan Strait. Commenting on the state of relations between Taiwan's two major parties, Su said there are few examples around the world of parties like the KMT and DPP, whose leaders would "fight each other to the death without ever wanting to see each other." The political parties in most democratic countries have relations that are both cooperative and competitive, he said. (By Yin Chun-chieh and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-22 08:41 GMT+08:00