Fri, Dec 27, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan responds as Beijing dictates terms in links talks


Chinese authorities are trying to dictate terms and begin cross-strait talks on the opening of direct trade, postal and transportation ties, known as the "three links," advisers to the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday.

To prevent Beijing from dominating all aspects of the "three links" talks, advisers suggested the MAC boost its publicity work on related affairs and accelerate its assessment on the advantages and disadvantages of the implementation of the three links.

Regarding China's insistence on its "one China" policy and "1992 consensus" as prerequisites to resume long-stalled cross-strait dialogue, the advisers said the real meaning of the so-called "1992 consensus" was unclear.

They suggested the MAC give a clear and explicit explanation to the Taiwan public on the "1992 consensus" and prepare an English version of the explanation for the international community to gain a better understanding of the matter.

Negotiators from across the Taiwan Strait met in Hong Kong in 1992 and made a non-written agreement that there is only one China with each side of the Strait defining the term as it sees fit.s

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