NO RETURN?Andrew Hsia said he joked with his Chinese counterpart that lawmakers had demanded that he protest over a travel issue, or he ‘should not bother going home’
Date: Oct 15, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Andrew Hsia (夏立言) yesterday
said that the existence of the so-called “1992 consensus” is a historical fact that needs to be respected, while calling for goodwill and mutual understanding from both sides of the Taiwan Strait when dealing with major cross-strait issues.
Hsia made the remarks during his second meeting with his Chinese counterpart, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), in Guangzhou, China — talks that are expected to be the last high-level cross-strait interaction of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) second term.
“Seventeen years ago today, four consensuses were reached at the 1998 Koo-Wang [then-Straits Exchange Foundation chairman Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) and Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits chairman Wang Daohan (汪道涵)] talks held on the basis of the ‘1992 consensus,’ which was reached during a meeting in Hong Kong in 1992 between Taiwanese and Chinese representatives,” Hsia said. [FULL STORY]