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Public blames China for WHA woes

PERCEPTIONS:A poll by the Cross-Strait Policy Foundation found a majority back Tsai’s cross-strait policies, and feel Taiwan should not accept the ‘1992 consensus’

By Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

“The ‘1992 consensus’ has no market in Taiwan if it denotes the ‘one China’ principle but eliminates room for ‘different interpretations,’” National Taiwan Normal University politics professor Fan Shih-ping (范世平) said.

“It is why former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration failed to sell the ‘1992 consensus’ on a ‘different interpretations’ platform because Beijing and other countries have recognized the ‘1992 consensus’ as conditioned on the ‘one China’ principle,” Fan said.

While the Tsai administration has shown self-restraint in maintaining ties with China, Taiwan’s WHA exclusion should be understood as an outcome of the political infighting in Beijing, where hawkish factions are gaining ground, Fan said.

The Cross-Strait Policy Foundation poll was conducted on May 9 and May 10 and had 1,074 valid samples. It has a margin of error of 2.99 percentage points.

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