Amid renewed debates over the so-called “1992 consensus,” Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine Chang (張小月) yesterday reiterated that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration respects the historical fact of the 1992 cross-strait talks.
Chang made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, which was reviewing proposed amendments to Article 17 of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例).
“President Tsai has stated on multiple occasions our opinions on the ‘1992’ [consensus], which is that we respect the historical fact of the 1992 [talks], with the key being seeking common ground, while reserving differences,” Chang said.
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Chang said that over the past two decades, both sides of the Taiwan Strait have made several achievements though communication and interaction.
Both sides should cherish and value these achievements, she said, adding that the government hopes to continue to improve cross-strait ties based on that political foundation.
The “1992 consensus” — a term former council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted to making up in 2000 — refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party that both sides acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.
Debates about the existence of the “1992 consensus” have been renewed after American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt said in an interview with Voice of America in Washington on Wednesday last week that the term “1992 consensus” did not exist until Su used it in 2000.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan (安峰山) on Saturday said that cross-strait communications were suspended on May 20 due to Taiwan’s failure to recognize the “1992 consensus,” which An said is an embodiment of the “one China” principle serving as the political foundation for cross-strait relations.
Asked by reporters about Burghardt’s remarks, Chang said the government’s stance is that it respects the historical fact of the 1992 talks and the achievements accumulated over the past two decades based on the shared understanding of seeking common ground, while reserving differences.
“The council will continue communications with Beijing and keep up efforts to accumulate goodwill across the Taiwan Strait,” she said.
She added that the amount of Chinese investment in Taiwan between January and last month showed an upward trend.
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