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Hung not to mention 'one China, common interpretation' in Beijing

ROC Central News Agency

2016/10/18 23:29:18

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) of the opposition Kuomintang will not mention her previous advocacy of "one China, common interpretation" when she visits Beijing to attend a cross-Taiwan Strait forum next month, according to Liao Kuo-tung (廖國棟), chief of the party's legislative caucus.

Liao made the remark after he and 25 other KMT lawmakers met Hung earlier in the day.

Hung, during the 2-hour meeting, said that since the January presidential election, she has never mentioned again the "one China, common interpretation" idea about cross-strait relations.

Hung's advocacy has been widely regarded as an obvious deviation from the "one China, different interpretations" proposal by former President and KMT Chiarman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in defining the "1992 consensus."

The consensus-- reached in 1992 between the then KMT administration and China that both sides agree there is only one China, but are free to interpret what it means -- had served as the pillar of cross-strait exchanges before President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May and declined to accept it.

In addition to asking Hung to reiterate "free interpretation of one China" while in Beijing in early November, some lawmakers also wanted her to spell out "the Republic of China" to allow Chinese leaders, including Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平), to understand the basic appeal of the Taiwanese people.

"Hung gave a clear response to all the requests by lawmakers," Liao said, adding that a statement about the their meeting with Hung may be available after a caucus meeting in the next few days.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Bear Lee)

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