Majority reject ‘consensus’: survey

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2016
By Sean Lin / Staff reporter

A majority of Taiwanese think president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should not endorse the so-called “1992 consensus” during her inaugural address, and close to half think President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) adherence to the “consensus” over the past eight years has not helped boost Taiwan’s participation in UN organizations, a survey published yesterday by Taiwan Thinktank found.

The think tank found 54.3 percent of respondents said that Tsai should not comply with Beijing’s demand that she acknowledge the “1992 consensus” in her speech, with 18.4 percent of respondents who consider themselves pan-blue camp supporters saying they opposed the demand.

Asked about the WHO’s invitation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, which cited UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 as a caveat to Taiwan’s representatives attending the annual meeting, 47.8 percent of respondents said that Ma’s response that the nation would attend the assembly “within boundaries defined by the ‘1992 consensus’” would not help Taiwan gain more space at UN organizations.

The “1992 consensus,” a term that former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted to making up in 2000, refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and China that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge that there is only “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.     [FULL  STORY]

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