Want China Times
By: Xinhua and Staff Reporter
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je has promised to do “whatever” benefits cross-strait
communication, expressing his hope that he would be in Shanghai for a forum between the two cities.
In an interview on Monday, Ko told Xinhua that he won’t refuse anything that benefits the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and will actively pursue whatever benefits cross-strait communication.
Ko noted that he understood and respected the 1992 Consensus raised by the mainland side as the foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.
The 1992 Consensus is an agreement which acknowledges that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. While Beijing emphasizes that this means they belong to the same China, the Taiwan side stresses the right to “different interpretations,” making the “consensus” a largely hollow construct for the sake of political convenience. [FULL STORY]