Date: Jan 26, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party
(DPP) should come out in support of the so-called “1992 consensus” during her inaugural address, panelists at discussions organized by the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum said yesterday in Taipei.
“The current state of affairs is that voters should be willing to make allowances for what the DPP does, so we hope that Tsai will use this to break through a lot of barriers, including the ‘1992 consensus,’” forum chairman Hsieh Ming-hui (謝明輝) said. “While for the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT], recognition of the consensus was probably viewed as ‘selling out the nation,’ for Tsai to recognize it would be viewed as being for the good of the country.”
The “1992 consensus” refers to a supposed understanding reached during cross-strait talks in 1992 that Taiwan and China acknowledge that there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what that means. Former KMT lawmaker Su Chi (蘇起) in 2006 said that he had made up the term in 2000, when he was head of the Mainland Affairs Council, before the KMT handed power to the DPP. [FULL STORY]