Date: Jun 06, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Taipei and Beijing, deadlocked over the so-called “1992 consensus,” are testing each other’s bottom lines with regard to the political foundation of their bilateral relations, the National Security Bureau (NSB) said, suggesting that Taiwan should keep communicating with its rival and try to build a bridge of mutual trust.
The bureau made the assessment and suggestions in a report to the legislature, prior to NSB Director-General Yang Kuo-chiang’s (楊國強) appearance at a legislative committee meeting today.
Summing up China’s response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) May 20 inaugural address, the bureau said that China thinks Tsai has taken “one step closer” to its version of the “1992 consensus,” but is not satisfied with her attempts to evade the “core meaning” of its definition of “one China” — that Taiwan and China belong to “one China.”
The “1992 consensus,” a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted to 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]