Want China Times
By: Tung Chen-yuan
China has not said that the annual Taipei-Shanghai forum will be suspended if Taipei mayor Ko
Wen-je continues to reject the 1992 Consensus, and Beijing should not ask Ko to change his stance.
There were never political preconditions set for the Taipei-Shanghai forum or for other cross-strait exchanges involving local governments in Taiwan. If the Taipei-Shanghai forum is suspended because of Ko’s political views, exchanges between local governments in China and Taiwan will be impacted as a result since a majority of Taiwan’s county magistrates and city mayors represent the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which does not recognize the 1992 Consensus. [FULL STORY]