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Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council rejects former President Ma's cross-strait comments

China affairs body says Taiwanese public has dismissed '1992 Consensus,' no need to discuss further

Former President Ma Ying-jeou.

Former President Ma Ying-jeou. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says the Taiwanese have rejected the so-called 1992 Consensus, as demonstrated in the 2020 presidential election, and that there is no need for further discussion of the issue.

The MAC issued a press release Saturday afternoon (May 8) in response to former President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) remarks regarding the “1992 Consensus” earlier that day, CNA reported.

The MAC pointed out that Bejing has defined the alleged consensus, which Ma has proposed using as the foundation for cross-strait dialogue, as a hallmark of its “one China” principle. Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s (習近平) speech in January 2019 stressed the "one country, two systems" framework and equated the “1992 Consensus” to the "one China” principle and unification.

The MAC emphasized that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) had vehemently rejected Xi’s comments and that the result of the 2020 presidential election further proved Taiwanese have rejected both "one country, two systems" and the "1992 Consensus."

Ma said Saturday that considering the current situation, the two sides of the strait must restart a dialogue. He remarked that if President Tsai cannot come up with a new plan for cross-strait exchanges, she should maintain the status quo that existed under the Ma administration and return to the “original 1992 Consensus.”

Updated : 2021-06-20 03:03 GMT+08:00