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‘1992 consensus’ foundation for ties: Ma

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE:The president said yesterday’s visit to the Mainland Affairs Council was intended to commemorate previous high-level cross-strait meetings

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The consensus has provided the political basis that both sides willingly accepted, Ma said.

In interpreting what “one China” is in the formula, “we have to abide by the ROC Constitution,” Ma said. “Of course, the ‘one China’ for us is the ROC, not ‘two Chinas,’ ‘one China, one Taiwan’ or ‘Taiwanese independence.’”

Critics have said the KMT’s version of the “1992 consensus” is wishful thinking, as Beijing has never accepted the existence of the ROC and has been intolerant of symbols of the ROC’s sovereignty.

Chinese officials, including Xi, have said “the mainland and Taiwan belong to the same ‘one China,’” calling it a “core element” of the “1992 consensus” without mentioning “respective interpretations.”

Ma said the question of what the “one China” is “should be set aside.”

“Surely this is an issue that needs to be addressed, but in the future, not now. We must spend time and energy advancing exchanges, rather than interpreting what ‘one China’ is. Otherwise, we would be derailed in efforts to deal with other issues,” Ma said.

His visit to the council came ahead of New Taipei Mayor and KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) planned trip to China and a meeting with Xi.

It was the second time Ma made such a visit to the council; the first was in July 2008, two months after he took to office.

Ma said yesterday’s visit was timed to commemorate the first high-level cross-strait meeting, which took place 22 years ago yesterday in Singapore, as well as a meeting between then-KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and then-Chinese president Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing 10 years ago.

“Chu has told me that he wished to consolidate and deepen the ‘1992 consensus’ [in his meeting with Xi] and incorporate the formula in Taiwan’s participation in regional economic integration,” Ma said.

“Our views on those issues are exactly identical,” he said.

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