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Ko believes in good will in holding cross-strait city forum

Ko believes in good will in holding cross-strait city forum

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said Friday it was understandable that people would extend good will in hoping for the the success of a forum aimed at promoting exchanges, downplaying remarks by a Chinese official on the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum.
Zhang Zhijun (???), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), reportedly said that he looked forward to a successful meeting and that he noticed that Ko honored the "1992 consensus." In addition, he believed that Ko recognized the difference between foreign affairs and mainland affairs as he set up a special mainland affairs unit for the promotion of cross-strait exchanges between Taipei and cities on the mainland. To play down Zhang's remarks, Ko said that it was only natural that knowing that the cross-strait forum was due to be held, people concerned would express good will. Taipei and Shanghai have taken turns hosting the annual city forum since it was organized in 2010, but there were rumors that this year's forum was pushed back to Aug. 17-19 because of Chinese demands that Taipei demonstrate greater "good will" by stating acceptance of the so-called "1992 consensus." The consensus, supported by the ruling Kuomintang as the basis for relations with Beijing, says that Taiwan and China agree that there is just one China but have different interpretations of what that means.
Opposition figures, including Ko, have either rejected or questioned the consensus, and Ko has proposed a "new 2015 view" to replace it. (By L.Y. Huang, C.Y. Huang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 08:09 GMT+08:00