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'1992 consensus' remains key to cross-strait negotiations: SEF

ROC Central News Agency

2011/12/02 17:38:46

By Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) The "1992 consensus" between Taiwan and China will continue to be the principle of future cross-strait negotiations, said Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, following his re-election by the SEF's new board of directors for a three-year term on Friday.

Chiang said the consensus -- a tacit understanding reached between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means -- has improved cross-strait relations in recent years.

Due to an increasing mutual trust built on the consensus, Chiang continued, Taiwan has been able to become a "peacemaker" instead of a "troublemaker" in the global community.

Su chi, who coined the term "1992 consensus" when he served as Mainland Affairs Council minister in 2000, agreed with Chiang and said Taiwan needs to further develop a "Taiwan consensus" in which public opinions could be fully demonstrated and evaluated.

"We have to use the two consensuses, or pillars, to handle the rise of China," said Su, who was named a new member of the SEF's eighth board of directors.

Though Su's appointment has drawn controversy, with some people doubting whether his role in the SEF would facilitate political negotiations between the two countries, Su refuted such an assumption.

"I came here as a scholar familiar with cross-strait issues," he said.



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