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'1992 consensus' irreplaceable: KMT former chairman

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) The so-called "1992 consensus" reached between Taiwan and mainland China is irreplaceable, as it serves as a framework designating the political relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Lien Chan (??), a former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), said in Beijing on Tuesday. Despite the power transfer in Taiwan in 2000 from the KMT to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and from the DPP to the KMT in 2008, the two power transitions have not changed the de-jure status between the two sides, he noted. After the KMT regained power in 2008, it again made the "1992 consensus" the basis of political trust between the two sides, he said. Over the past seven years, peaceful development has taken place across the strait instead of tension, which, according to Lien, is proof that the "1992 consensus" provides an option for people in Taiwan. "The '1992 consensus' is of irreplaceable importance that must be firmly upheld," he said. The "1992 consensus," reached in Hong Kong in 1992 by representatives authorized by Taipei and Beijing, was not a product of improvization, and the two sides must stick to the standing to allow two-way systematic negotiations to continue smoothly, he said. Taiwan should take advantage of mainland China's reforms and opening to explore its market and upgrade its industry, while meeting the needs of Taiwan's people to take part in regional economic integration and international activities, he went on. While Taiwan and the mainland have made progress in bilateral relations, it is important to keep in mind that any setback would have a negative impact on ties, which he said needs mutual cooperation to create a win-win situation. Speaking of "Taiwan-centric identity," Lien said it is by no means tantamount to a pro-Taiwan independence stance. It would be intolerable to use the concept of "Taiwan-centric indentity" as a spliting tool to promote Taiwan independence, which will push the two sides to part ways and return to the old path of countering, Lien said. Lien is in Beijing to attend commemorative events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the eight-year War of Resistance against Japan. He met with Chinese President Xin Jinping earlier the same day and was scheduled to take part in a military parade on Sept. 3 in the Chinese capital. (By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:13 GMT+08:00