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Hung reiterates 'pillar' role of '92 consensus' in cross-strait ties

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Hung Hsiu-chu, the ruling Kuomintang's presidential candidate, told a senior American official Monday that the 1992 consensus is the most important pillar for maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait.
Meeting Kin Moy, director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei Office, at the KMT headquarters in Taipei, Hung addressed the issue of peace across the Taiwan Strait -- an issue that she said is one of the priority concerns of the United States. The 1992 consensus is a tacit understanding between Taipei and Beijing reached in Hong Kong in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what "one China" means.
This consensus is the most important pillar for maintaining peace across the strait, Hung said, adding that "if the pillar turned unstable, the house would be in danger of collapse."
She told her guest that if she gets elected next year, she will keep promoting cross-strait ties on the basis of the 1992 consensus to achieve peace and stability as well as to actively participate in international affairs and expand Taiwan's international space.
"In this way, Taiwan will be able to play a role in and make a contribution to East Asia peace and regional integration," Hung said.
She acknowledged that her Democratic Progressive Party rival, Tsai Ing-wen, had launched her campaign much earlier than she had and "for that reason has enjoyed a leg up on me."
However, said the late starter, "I believe people's trust in the KMT is still there" and "as long as I can regain the confidence of a majority of the silent supporters of the KMT, we still can win (the election) victory."
According to a press release issued by her office, she and Moy discussed a wide range of issues including Taiwan-U.S. ties, Taiwan- China ties, youth and education.
She welcomed Moy as the first ethnic Chinese and as a former senior official from the State Department to assume such an important post in Taiwan, an indication, she said, that bilateral ties have risen to a new level during President Ma Ying-jeou's seven years in office.
Earlier in the day, Moy paid a visit to Tsai at her DPP office.
AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties that were broken in 1979, when Washington set up ties with Beijing. (By Tai Ya-chen and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-22 12:31 GMT+08:00