Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that she regrets the “gap” between reality and a media report on a US academic’s remarks about the so-called “1992 consensus,” urging the media to be more cautious when publishing reports.
When attending an Atlantic Council meeting last week on next year’s presidential election, Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that, during a scheduled meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and US President Barack Obama in Washington next month, one of the messages that Xi would convey to Obama might be that in order to have cross-strait stability, there must be an acceptance by Taiwan’s next president of the “1992 consensus” and of the concept of “one China.”
However, the Chinese-language United Daily News published a report on Glaser’s remarks in a story with the headline quoting Glaser as saying: “Taiwan’s next president must accept the ‘1992 consensus.’”
Photo: Su Fu-nan, Taipei Times
“There is a gap between the report and reality,” Tsai said. “I think [the media] should be cautious when interpreting statements by any foreign academics or experts, including Glaser, because it is not only to show respect to them, but also important for readers.”
“I regret what happened, which is not the first time, and I hope the media would be careful when writing reports,” she added.
Tsai made the remarks when attending the opening of a special exhibition to mark the birthday of the late democracy pioneer Yu Chen Yueh-ying (余陳月瑛), who passed away last year at her residence in Kaohsiung’s Ciaotou District (橋頭), which has been turned into a museum to commemorate her.
Also in attendance were local politicians and public figures, including Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), former DPP chairperson Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) and DPP lawmakers as well as Buddhist master Hsing Yun (星雲).
Tsai praised Yu Chen for her contribution to Taiwan’s democratization, and vowed to continue to deepen democratic values if elected president.
Hsing, who is often considered to be pro-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), spoke with Tsai and called her “Taiwan’s Goddess Matsu,” saying that Tsai would definitely be elected president.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,