Date: Apr 10, 2016
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday denied media reports that
Beijing has pressured the Taipei City Government to push forward the date of this year’s Taipei-Shanghai forum so it would have an opportunity to reassert the so-called 000“1992 consensus” before May 20 when the incoming Democratic Progressive Party government is to take office.
Ko said the forum would proceed in August as scheduled.
The “1992 consensus” refers to a supposed understanding reached during cross-strait talks in 1992, saying that both Taiwan and China acknowledge that there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.
In 2006, former Mainland Affairs Council minister Su Chi (蘇起) admitted he made up the term in 2000, before the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) handed power to the DPP.
On other matters, Ko brushed off a Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) report that said the poor showing of a fundraiser for next year’s Summer Universiade was caused by a lack of mutual trust between the city government and the private sector as a result of Ko’s belligerent attitude toward corporations. [FULL STORY]