By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said in her inaugural speech Friday that she “respects” the historical fact of the talks across the Taiwan Strait in 1992, when both sides arrived at “various joint acknowledgements and understandings.”
In 1992, the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taipei and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), arrived at various joint acknowledgements and understandings through communication and negotiations, Tsai said.
“It was done in a spirit of mutual understanding and a political attitude of seeking common ground while setting aside differences,” she said. “I respect this historical fact.”
Since 1992, interactions and negotiations across the strait over the years have accumulated outcomes which both sides must cherish and maintain, she said. [FULL STORY]