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TSU demands Su Chi's resignation over 1992 `lie'


Lawmakers from the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) demanded yesterday that former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) resign from his current legislator-at-large post within one week for fabricating the so-called "1992 consensus" regarding the "one China" principle six years ago.

They also asked Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to apologize to the public for the matter and said they will sue Su, currently a KMT legislator, if he refuses to resign.

According to TSU legislative caucus convener David Huang (黃適卓), Su is not qualified to be a legislator because he has deceived the people of Taiwan for the last six years for making up what he called the "1992 consensus" between Taiwan and China.

voters cheated

TSU Legislator Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) claimed that Su's "lie" has helped the KMT to cheat voters for the past six years, thereby preventing the pan-green camp from securing a majority in the legislature.

Accusing Su of "singing a duet with China," Lo said the non-existent "1992 consensus" has become the rationale used by Beijing to refuse to resume dialogue with Taipei.

He said that not only the general public, but also former KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and Ma have been cheated by Su. He added that Su should be held fully responsible for the situation.

The KMT claims that in landmark talks held between Taipei and Beijing in Hong Kong in 1992 when the KMT was in power, the two sides agreed on allowing each other to interpret in their own way the meaning of the "one-China" principle. This agreement has been termed the "1992 consensus" by the party.

`one China'

Differing from what the KMT says, Beijing claims that Taiwan and China both agreed to adhere to the "one China" principle in 1992 and insists that Taiwan accept this principle as a precondition for resuming cross-strait talks.

The current DPP government insists that the "1992 consensus" does not exist.

Earlier this week, Su confessed that he created the term in 2000 shortly before President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was inaugurated, in order that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait could have a "basis for dialogue."

Su said he did so because he realized that the pro-independence DPP would not accept "one China" and hoped the term would be vague enough to be accepted by both Taipei and Beijing.

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