Taiwan, China testing each other’s bottom lines: security agency

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/05
By: Wang Cheng-chung and S.C. Chang

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Taipei and Beijing, deadlocked over the “1992 consensus,” are testing each

President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech at her inauguration ceremony May 20.

President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech at her inauguration ceremony May 20.

other’s bottom lines in regard to the political foundation of their bilateral relations, the National Security Bureau (NSB) has said, suggesting that Taipei keep communicating with its rival and try to build a bridge of mutual trust.

The NSB made its assessment and suggestions in a written report to the Legislature, prior to NSB head John K. Young’s (楊國強) appearance at a legislative committee meeting Monday. Young, along with the ministers of national defense, foreign affairs and mainland affairs, will jointly attend the meeting, which is aimed at discussing the East Asia situation and Taiwan’s steps to deal with it.

Summing up China’s response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) May 20 inauguration speech, Young’s agency said that China thinks Tsai has taken “one step closer” to its version of the “1992 consensus,” but is not satisfied with her attempts to evade the “core meaning” of its definition of “one China” — that Taiwan and China belong to “one China.”

That consensus was reached by officials from Taipei and Beijing during meetings in Hong Kong in 1992, when the two sides agreed that there is only “one China,” with each side free to interpret what that means. Taipei defines “one China” as “the Republic of China” — Asia’s first democracy, established in 1912.     [FULL  STORY]

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