Date: Oct 12, 2017
By: Jonathan Chin / Staff writer
The absence of any references to the so-called “1992 consensus” in China’s response
to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Double Ten National Day speech has led to speculation over its significance to the cross-strait narrative, a Taiwan-China relations researcher said.
In response to Tsai’s speech, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) on Tuesday said the peaceful development of cross-strait relations depends on the “one China” principle and expressed opposition to Taiwanese independence, but made no reference to the “1992 consensus.”
The “1992 consensus,” a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) in 2006 admitted making up in 2000, refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese government that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means. [FULL STORY]