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DPP chairwoman pledges to maintain cross-strait status quo

DPP chairwoman pledges to maintain cross-strait status quo

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday that her party will work to maintain the status quo between Taiwan and China if she wins the 2016 presidential election. "The DPP's policy is very clear: cross-strait relations must remain peaceful and stable," Tsai said. She was responding to a call by former American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director Barbara Schrage for the DPP to clarify its China policy before the presidential election. Schrage also said the DPP should not evade the "1992 consensus" issue and should actively find ways to narrow its differences with Beijing. Under that consensus, reached by Chinese and Taiwanese quasi-governmental negotiators, the two sides agree there is only one China, with each side free to offer its own interpretation of what that means. Beijing is strongly opposed to the idea that China and Taiwan are two differenct states. Tsai said her party had expressed its stance on the "1992 consensus" on many occasions. In dealing with cross-strait relations, it is important to maintain good communication to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding, she said, adding that such a process will help build mutual trust and consensus between Taipei and Beijing. The DPP does not accept the "1992 Consensus," referring to it as wishful thinking on the part of the KMT and something Beijing has never officially accepted. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)