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ANALYSIS: ‘1992 consensus’ continues to divide political parties

FOUNDATION:While Ma defended the validity of the consensus, a former SEF chief supported Tsai’s call for a new platform to serve as the basis for cross-strait ties

By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

While the KMT claims that the consensus represents “one China with different interpretations,” Lo said the reality in Taiwan now is a “1992 consensus with different interpretations.”

“The DPP, as well as the people of Taiwan, will decide whether to accept the consensus only after it has been clearly defined,” he said.

PRECONDITIONS

The demand that Taiwan accept the consensus before a resumption of bilateral dialogue is a precondition, which former AIT director Richard Bush described as the first roadblock to bilateral dialogue in his book Untying the Knot, published in 2005.

While China has made it clear to Taiwan that acceptance of the “one China” principle or the “1992 consensus” — or both — are prerequisites to bilateral talks, Bush wrote that the best way to reduce mutual mistrust is for China to abandon preconditions.

China never enters any negotiations without setting up preconditions and every academic who has done research on China knows it, Lo said.

“I don’t see why Taiwan is willing to walk into this trap,” he said.

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