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39.6% people think Tsai should recognize '1992 consensus': survey

39.6% people think Tsai should recognize '1992 consensus': survey

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Nearly 4 in 10 people recently polled in Taiwan said they approve of the idea that President Tsai Ing-wen should recognize the "1992 consensus" so that the contacts and negotiation mechanism between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can continue as usual, according to a newspaper survey released Monday.

China said May 21 -- one day after Tsai was sworn in as Taiwan's first female president -- that only by insisting on the "1992 consensus" can cross-strait exchanges be maintained.

On this insistence, the survey conducted over the past weekend by the United Daily News, a mass-circulation Chinese-language newspaper in Taiwan, found that 39.6 percent of the respondents said Tsai should recognize the consensus, while 29.7 percent said they are opposed to the idea and 30.7 percent declined to comment.

Beijing insists that Tsai's government accept the "1992 consensus" that underpinned Taiwan-China relations during the eight years that her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou, was in office, something she and her Democratic Progressive Party have been unwilling to do.

The survey also found that among the 46 percent of the respondents who said they were aware of the content of Tsai's inaugural speech, 76 percent said they were satisfied with the speech, while 15 percent said they were not.

Among the respondents who were aware of Tsai's speech, 63 percent said they are satisfied with Tsai's statement in her speech that she respects the Republic of China Constitution and the historic truth of the cross-strait talks in 1992, and that her government will conduct cross-strait affairs in accordance with the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

Meanwhile, 20 percent said they were not satisfied with Tsai's remarks, while 17 percent had no comment, the survey shows.

Asked if they were concerned about Beijing's possible stopping of cross-strait communication and contact mechanism and the cutting of negotiation channels between the two sides because Tsai did not mention the "1992 consensus" in her inaugural speech, 60 percent said they do not fear consequences, while 27 percent said they worry that cross-strait links will change, and 13 percent had no comment.

Meanwhile, 26 percent of the respondents said they believe there will be no big changes on the development of cross-strait relations during Tsai's tenure, while 18 percent said ties will move to a higher level, 21 percent said they will deteriorate, and 25 percent had no comment, the survey indicates.

The poll was conducted May 20-22 via telephone interviews with randomly selected adults around Taiwan. There were 1,056 valid replies, according to the newspaper.

The survey had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. (By Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-07-24 20:13 GMT+08:00