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Commercial Times: 10 years of peaceful cross-strait development

On April 29, 2005, then Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan held historic talks in Beijing with Hu Jintao, then general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), marking the first meeting between the top leaders of the KMT and CPC in 60 years. During the meeting, Lien and Hu confirmed the "1992 consensus" and acknowledged that cross-Taiwan Strait peace meets the common interests of people on both sides of the strait. Since the KMT's Ma Ying-jeou won the 2008 presidential election, promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations has become the focus of the government's policy toward China. Such an approach has worked due to the availability of a solid basis provided by the "1992 consensus," referring to a cross-strait understanding that there is only "one China," with the two sides free to interpret what that means. This demonstrates that the "1992 consensus" is the backbone of cross-strait ties, and it also represents the largest common ground between the two sides of the strait. Developments in recent years, however, show that the function of the "1992 consensus" needs to be further strengthened by putting more emphasis on the freedom of interpretation. This would help reduce political bickering across the strait. Unlike cross-strait political relations, economic and trade relations between the two sides have been moving forward steadily in recent years and have become the most powerful engine behind the development of cross-strait ties. Progress in economic relations has helped lessen the impact of political differences, thus preventing a cross-strait political showdown. Moving on to the next stage, the two sides should continue to expand and deepen their economic and trade ties to promote their common interests. (Editorial abstract -- April 18, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-21 22:37 GMT+08:00