By: Kelven Huang, Sophia Yeh and Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) does not recognize the existence
of the so-called “1992 consensus,” but acknowledges that there was a meeting between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in 1992, former Premier and DPP heavyweight Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) has said recently.
Asked about his views on the “1992 consensus” during a recent interview with Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, Hsieh said the DPP’s stance is that Taipei and Beijing never reached a consensus that allows for respective interpretations on the meaning of “one China.”
However, he said the party recognizes that there was a meeting between Taiwan and China in 1992, although the term “1992 consensus” was only created in later years.
“The DPP has also mentioned the spirit of the meeting in 1992,” he said. There were agreements reached in that meeting and “we should respect some of the spirit of these agreements, because they are historical facts,” he said, without elaborating.
The “1992 consensus” refers to a tacit understanding between Taipei and Beijing on a formula for relations between the two sides that would allow dialogue between them — that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what “one China” means. [FULL STORY]