As far as the government is concerned it is simpler to take the consensus the KMT has with the CCP than attempt to get any consensus with the Taiwanese public. It is, then, not really, in one sense, all that surprising that the KMT has so readily donned the red cap.
Still, Ma is the president of Taiwan and for him, in that capacity, to shirk his responsibilities and expect everyone to just accept the two-decades-old “one China” framework, and then to call his opponents unreasonable for not accepting the “1992 consensus,” is, in itself, entirely unreasonable.
Lee Tuo-tzu is a legislative assistant.
Translated by Paul Cooper