By: Miao Chung-han and Flor Wang
Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) There has never been a “1992 consensus” between Taiwan and China, and Taiwan must not acknowledge it, to prevent from being castrated by China, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said on Thursday.
Speaking at a regular news conference one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) speech toward Taiwan, Chen said the two sides have never forged such a consensus, with which Beijing intends to downgrade Taiwan by unifying with the island under a “one country, two systems” model.
Chen called for solidarity among Taiwan’s people in the face of mounting pressure from China.
He said China is pressuring Taiwan to accept the “1992 consensus” under its “one China principle” framework that dictates that there is only one China and Taiwan is a part of it. He noted that “China” usually refers to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), rather than the Republic of China (Taiwan), in the international community.