INTERVIEW: Former minister unravels ‘1992 consensus’ mystery

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 31, 2016

Former Mainland Affairs Council minister Chen Ming-tung recently spoke with ‘Liberty Times’ (sister paper of the ‘Taipei Times’) reporter Tzou Jiing-wen and said that the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ is a fabrication, and that Beijing’s unwillingness to accept the sovereignty of the Republic of China is what has ultimately led to the current impasse in cross-strait relations

Liberty Times (LT): Since the transfer of power on May 20, China has used the so-called “1992 consensus” as the precondition for continued cross-strait dialogue. What are your thoughts?

Chen Ming-tung (陳明通): On July 20, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) published an article titled The Origins of the 1992 Consensus, which to my knowledge is the first time the Chinese Communists explained, in any detail, their assertion of the existence of the so-called “1992 consensus.”

From the perspective of rational dialogue, we welcome such explanations, but I must emphatically state that its conclusion that “since then, both sides have acknowledged a consensus that was formed following the negotiations and that consensus was known as the ‘1992 consensus’ at a later time,” is an erroneous assertion that does not agree with historical facts.    [FULL  STORY]

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