CHINA POLICY:The president said that over the past eight years, a ‘status quo’ for the cross-strait relationship has been created, winning ‘the support of the majority’
Date: Mar 27, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said in an interview released yesterday that both he and
Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) are well aware that the conditions for the unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are lacking at present.
In an interview with CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour, Ma said that China certainly desires unification and has never given up on the idea, according to a Chinese-language transcript released by the Presidential Office.
However, China is willing to develop relations with Taiwan peacefully on the basis of the so-called “1992 consensus” of “one China, different interpretations” because it knows that pushing for immediate unification would not achieve good results and would even have serious consequences, Ma said.
Former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted making up the term “1992 consensus” in 2000. [FULL STORY]