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'1992 consensus' recognized by DPP head Tsai: Ma

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???)reaffirmed Thursday the existence of the 1992 consensus,"saying it is recognized by the two sides across the Taiwan Strait and even by Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???). In his opening remarks at the opening of an exhibition about cross-strait interactions and exchanges, Ma said that while some people denied the "1992 consensus," a total of four important documents relating to the consensus were on display at the exhibition. The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit understanding reached between Taiwanese and Chinese representatives in 1992 that there is only "one China" but both sides are free to interpret what that means. One of the documents is the minutes of a meeting of the National Unification Council(???)on Aug. 1, 1992 chaired by then President Lee Teng-hui(???). The meeting discussed the meaning of one China, Ma said. A resolution was reached at the meeting that the two sides of the strait, while adhering to the "one China" principle, are free to interpret what "one China" means, according to Ma. Based on the resolution, Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation's (SEF) delegates met with their counterparts from China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) in Hong Kong in late October that same year on "one China" issue, with each side submitting five proposals but no conclusion had been made, the president went on to say. However, in a letter to the ARATS on Nov. 3, the SEF suggested either Taiwan or China "verbally" interpret what "one China" means. Two weeks later, the ARATS said in a letter in reply that it "accepts and respects" SEF's proposal, Ma said, adding that the "1992 consensus" does exist and is expressed in words and recognized by both sides. Ma said that even incumbent DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen recognized the "1992 consensus" when she was Mainland Affairs Council head under the DPP administration in 2000 by saying that the two sides across the strait would settle the "one China" dispute by verbally stating what it means, respectively. Later in that year, Tsai said at a legislative session that the government's stance is that "each side of (the strait) is free to interpret what one Chin means," according to Ma. The president also criticized Tsai for giving empty words by saying that the DPP will shoulder the responsibility of "maintaining the status quo" in cross-strait relations. He urged Tsai to expound on how she will go about maintaining the status quo. Ma said that the two sides across the strait have been able to maintain the status quo over the past seven years based on the "1992 consensus," because it helps to solve the sensitive "one China" issue. Ma indicated he has said that "one China" is the Republic of China and even if Taiwan is free to give its own interpretations of what that means, it will not be interpreted as "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," or "Taiwan independence." In response, DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (???) said that the "1992 consensus" is not an issue of public concern, while calling on the Ma administration to focus on domestic economic and social justice issues that truly concern ordinary citizens during Ma's last one year in office. Wang also said Tsai's pledge to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations had already been backed by more than 70 percent of respondents in a recent opinion poll. (By Kelven Huang, Sophia Yeh and Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-09-26 05:55 GMT+08:00