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Maintaining status quo means keeping cross-strait peace: DPP chairwoman

Maintaining status quo means keeping cross-strait peace: DPP chairwoman

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Friday that her advocacy of maintaining the status quo with regard to cross-Taiwan Strait relations is to maintain peace in the strait so that both sides can pursue opportunities for future development under the premise of peace and stability. Tsai, the DPP's candidate for the 2016 presidential election, was responding to questioning by President Ma Ying-jeou (???) about whether her status quo "means the current status quo or the status quo under the previous DPP administration seven years ago (when cross-strait relations were tense)." "More than 70 percent of Taiwanese people support maintaining the status quo between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait," she said during a visit to Puli in Nantou County. She also asked why the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) is trying to force the public to accept the so-called "1992 consensus." The consensus refers to a tacit agreement between Taiwanese and Chinese negotiators reached in Hong Kong in 1992 that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what this means. Tsai said she does not know why the "1992 consensus" has become a hot topic in the wake of KMT Chairman Eric Chu's (???) recent visit to China. She pointed out that she was a scholar in 1992 and not a decision maker. Moreover, she added, the term only began to be used in 2000, and even those who participated in the process have different views, including former President Lee Teng-hui (???). Tsai said that cross-strait relations are crucial to Taiwan's interests and future, and that she does not want political parties or politicians to use them to "maneuver elections." (By Hsiao Po-yang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 11:19 GMT+08:00