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KMT: China acquiesces in the "1992 consensus"

Taiwan KMT's "conspiracy of silence" on the "1992 consensus"

Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung, left, shakes hands with President Ma Ying-jeou, right, at a gathering event at the presidential office prior...
Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung speaks at an interview with a local TV station at the Kaohsiung International Airport last Wednesday as he se...

Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung, left, shakes hands with President Ma Ying-jeou, right, at a gathering event at the presidential office prior...

Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung speaks at an interview with a local TV station at the Kaohsiung International Airport last Wednesday as he se...

On former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) denial of the existence of the "1992 consensus" between Taiwan and China, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) said to the media during a press meeting yesterday that Taiwan should not be nit-picking on the word "consensus" since it would be meaningless. Instead, Chang called for the public to acknowledge the fact that a conclusion was reached by the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) in October 1992, which is the so-called "1992 consensus." Chang made clear that the concept of the "1992 consensus" has not only long existed, but also played a key role in cross-strait relations over the past years.

Chang stressed that the KMT has long adhered to the "1992 consensus" based on the premise of the "one China, with each side having its own interpretation" dictum. Given that certain people said that China has never recognized the KMT's interpretation, Chang responded by emphasizing that even though China has not plainly acknowledged the dictum, it has at least acquiesced in it. Chang added that it is because of the acknowledgment of "one China, with each side having its own interpretation" by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait could the cross-strait bilateral talks be held.

Chang said that the upcoming Taiwan visit by ARATS Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) for a second session of negotiations with Taiwan's counterpart semi-official Strait Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kun (江丙坤) will deal with the issues on improving Taiwan's investment environment, promoting Taiwan's competitiveness, and others. Chang also pointed out that the KMT's "one China, with each side having its own interpretation" has been a major contributor to President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) smooth formulation of cross-strait policies since he took office this May. Therefore, Chang defended the KMT by urging opposition lawmakers and supporters not to make attempts to deny the "1992 consensus" as a means to deny the upcoming chairman-level talks between SEF and ARATS.

The "1992 consensus" has been called into question by certain people since it could lead to the further suppression of Taiwan's space in the international arena and remove any legal basis for defending Taiwan's independent status. Therefore, the issue of whether to recognize the "1992 consensus" should not be overlooked.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:28 GMT+08:00