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Government cites ''92 consensus' in response to 'two Chinas' proposal

ROC Central News Agency

2011/05/22 22:11:31

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The government is adhering to the "1992 Consensus" in its dealings with China, the Presidential Office said Sunday, after a former U.S. official suggested that Beijing consider accepting the idea of "two Chinas."

Taiwan follows the "1992 Consensus," which means the two sides of the Taiwan Strait do not recognize each other's sovereignty but do not deny each other's jurisdiction, presidential spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi said.

The consensus is aimed at tolerating differences, seeking common ground and shelving disputes to pursue peaceful development between the two sides, he added.

His remarks came in response to media reports that a former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Richard Bush, had said in a recent seminar the People's Republic of China cannot deny the fact that the Republic of China has continued to exist since it was established in 1912.

The "two Chinas" concept proposed by the United States decades ago could be applied in cross-strait relations, if Beijing would accept it, he reportedly said.

The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties. (By Chen Yi-wei and Alex Jiang) ENDITEM /pc

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