By: Yin Chun-chieh & Bear Lee
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The 1992 consensus has been the most important
foundation for the government in making and carrying out its mainland policy in spite of a “subtle” difference between Taiwan and mainland China in their interpretation of the consensus, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Hsia Li-yan (夏立言）said Thursday.
The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached by Taiwan and China in 1992 that “there is only one China, with each side free to interpret its meaning.”
Taipei has insisted that one China means the Republic of China, but Beijing has just emphasized the one China principle and has intentionally ignored the latter part of the consensus — each side is free to interpret what “one China” means. [FULL STORY]