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Ma, Xi did not reach consensus on 'one China' principle: MAC

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwan's top China policy planner told legislators Monday that President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not go into all the details of the "1992 Consensus" when they met in Singapore Saturday and they did not reach a consensus on the controversial "one China" principle. Hsia Li-yan (???), head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), made the statement when answering a question from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (???) during a legislative committee meeting. During a press conference following the historic meeting, China's Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhang Zhijun (???) said the two leaders reconfirmed that the "1992 Consensus" which embodies the "one China" principle is the "common political foundation" of the two sides. Some of Taiwan's opposition politicians perceived Zhang's statement as evidence that Ma had caved in to China's "one China" principle -- there is only one China in the world, the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government of China, and both mainland China and Taiwan are integral parts of China. At the legislative meeting, Chen asked if a consensus had been reached during the Ma-Xi meeting on the "one China" principle. "No," said Hsia, noting that in the "Consensus of 1992," both sides of the Taiwan Strait agreed there is only one China, with each side free to explain what "one China" means. The "1992 Consensus" is usually phrased as an accord on "one China, respective interpretations." "For us, the 'one China' will always be the Republic of China" -- as agreed upon by Taipei and Beijing officials in Hong Kong in 1992 -- and Ma and Xi did not delve into all aspects of the "1992 Consensus" during their Singapore meeting but reaffirmed that it is the "common political foundation" for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Hsia said. Legislator Chiu Wen-yen (???) of the ruling Kuomintang cited some critics as worrying that China had successfully tied down Taiwan with its "one China" principle during the Singapore summit. To such critics, Hsia said, "The Republic of China has absolutely not been tied down by the 'one China' frame." He also raised objections to criticism that the results from Ma's meeting with Xi would limit the options available to the Taiwanese regarding their future relations with mainland Chinese. "If we want to talk about limits, the ROC has always been limited by its constitutional system. We have always honored the ROC's constitutional system," Hsia said. Also on Monday, the MAC publicized the full text of the president's talks during his meeting with Xi to prove that Ma did mention the "respective interpretations" part of the "1992 Consensus." Ma expressly told Xi that under that consensus, both sides of the Taiwan Strait uphold the principle of "one China," but either side is free to interpret the meaning of "one China," according to the MAC. It urged all parties concerned to take note of the historical facts regarding the 1992 Consensus and tell the difference between the ROC's "one China" Constitution and the People Republic of China's "one China" principle. (By Yin Chun-chieh and S.C. Chang)

Updated : 2021-09-21 07:41 GMT+08:00