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Scholars speak on importance of '1992 consensus'

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Scholars speak on importance of '1992 consensus'

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) International relations scholars in Taiwan defended the value to cross-Taiwan Strait relations of the "1992 consensus," the focal point of Saturday's meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???). Yang Jung-ming (???), a former deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council, said the "1992 consensus" has become a political basis acceptable by Beijing. The "1992 consensus" refers to an understanding reached by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait before a historic meeting between Taiwan's Koo Chen-fu (???) and China's Wang Daohan (???) in Singapore in 1993.
Under the consensus, the two sides agreed that there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret what that means.
The pro-independence, opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which is expected to take power in Taiwan in next January's national elections, does not recognize the existence of the consensus and its premise that Taiwan is a part of China.
Yang suggested, however, that denying or abandoning the "1992 consensus" would cause a setback in cross-strait relations and make the Taiwan Strait a hotspot of confrontation in East Asia. Francis Yi-hua Kan (???), a researcher in National Chengchi University's Institute of International Relations, contended that people in Taiwan should uphold the "1992 consensus" concept because it has proved to be to the benefit of Taiwan and cross-strait ties. Referring to Taiwan's future, Kan said current and future administrations must convince the population, especially the younger generation, to acknowledge the rise of China and the importance of promoting exchanges between the two sides of the strait. Wang Hsin-hsien (???), a professor in National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, said the meeting was intended to "find things in common while voicing differences, and each taking whatever acceptable," and the "1992 consensus" was the point of intersection. He suggested that the leaders of the two sides will probably not meet in the near future if Taiwan's political situation undergoes change next year, and Beijing might even impose constraints on Taiwan. Whatever happens, the scholar said, people in Taiwan should demonstrate solidarity, because "time and opportunity are not on our side." (By P.C. Tang, C.C. Yin, K.H. Wen and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:59 GMT+08:00