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Taipei mayor meets Shanghai deputy mayor

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je reiterated Thursday during a meeting with Shanghai Deputy Mayor Weng Tiehui in Taipei his concept that the "new perspectives of 2015" on cross-Taiwan Strait relations that he proposed earlier this year could be the foundation for future exchanges between Taiwan and China.
Weng arrived in Taipei the previous day on an exchange visit following a trip to Shanghai in May by Taipei Deputy Mayor Chou Li-fang. During Thursday's closed-door meeting, which lasted for about 30 minutes, Ko and Weng exchanged gifts to symbolize the friendship between the two cities.
Asked whether Weng asked him to clearly state his position on the "1992 consensus," Ko said that cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges should occur under the principles of of mutual awareness, mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual cooperation, while adhering to the spirit of the understanding that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family."
Ko said that his "new 2015 view" of cross-strait ties, could, if accepted by both sides, become a "2015 consensus" for cross-strait exchanges. Further explaining his view of cross-strait ties, Ko said that Taiwan and China are heavily reliant on each other economically and that despite the political divisions between the two sides, a dispute settlement mechanism should be established to promote exchanges and enhance goodwill between the two sides.
In March, in response to questions by Chinese media about the 1992 consensus, Ko said no one in the world thinks there are "two Chinas" and therefore, the concept of "one China" is not a problem.
The 1992 consensus is a tacit agreement reached by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means.
However, Ko told local media later that the comments he made that appeared to support the "one China" principle had been taken out of context and that he thinks the content of "one China" is what should be of greater concern.
Officials between the two cities will continue to communicate on making arrangements for an annual twin-city forum between Taipei and Shanghai that is expected to be held later this year, Ko added. (By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-25 02:19 GMT+08:00