‘PEACE AND PROSPERITY’:The mutual recognition of the ‘1992 consensus’ led to eight years of cross-strait diplomatic truce, former president Ma Ying-jeou said
Date: Jun 27, 2017
By Lin Liang-sheng and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, staff writer, with CNA
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said the official recognition of the so-called “1992
consensus” by his administration did not damage national sovereignty, but resulted in “diplomatic room” and a “diplomatic truce” with China.
Ma made the remarks in his opening speech to an economic forum in Taipei held by the China Cross-Strait Culture and Trade Development Association.
The “1992 consensus” — a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted making up in 2000 — refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Beijing that both sides acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.
Ma said the mutual recognition of the “1992 consensus” led to eight years of diplomatic truce under his administration, allowing the nation’s participation in the World Health Assembly and the International Civil Aviation Organization, as well as visa-free travel with 164 nations. [FULL STORY]