Tai­wan risks ties by deny­ing Con­sen­sus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Both a Tai­wan af­fairs of­fi­cial and re­searchers have in­di­cated the is­land’s “diplo­matic ties” will likely con­tinue to suf­fer if Taipei con­tin­ues to shun the 1992 Con­sen­sus on one China.

An Feng­shan, spokesman of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, China’s Cabi­net, said on Wed­nes­day that the Chi­nese main­land and Tai­wan have achieved peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of their re­la­tion­ship since 2008 based on stick­ing to the 1992 Con­sen­sus and op­pos­ing Tai­wan “in­de­pen­dence”.

That’s why they have avoided fric­tions in deal­ing with “diplo­matic af­fairs”, An said at a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence.

But the re­la­tion­ship changed on May 20, he said, be­cause Tsai Ing-wen of the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party as­sumed of­fice in Tai­wan that day, and she has de­nied the 1992 Con­sen­sus.

Any at­tempt to cre­ate ‘two Chi­nas’, or ‘one China, one Tai­wan’, is doomed to fail.” An Feng­shan, spokesman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil

An said Tai­wan leader Tsai’s re­fusal to sup­port the Con­sen­sus has un­der­mined the com­mon po­lit­i­cal ground and po­lit­i­cal trust.

“The prospects ... and the achieve­ments of the de­vel­op­ment of their re­la­tions have been through se­vere blows, and the im­pact has come in many as­pects,” An said. “The main­land has al­ways up­held the one-China prin­ci­ple in deal­ing with Tai­wan’s ‘ diplo­matic af­fairs’. Any at­tempt to cre­ate ‘two Chi­nas’, or ‘one China, one Tai­wan’, is doomed to fail.”

China re­sumed diplo­matic re­la­tions with Sao Tome and Principe on Mon­day, af­ter the African na­tion cut “diplo­matic ties” with Taipei.

Liu Gu­oshen, di­rec­tor of the Tai­wan Re­search In­sti­tute at Xi­a­men Univer­sity, said Bei­jing is pru­dent in deal­ing with the re­sump­tion of diplo­matic ties with for­mer al­lies of Tai­wan.

“Bei­jing puts the re­la­tion­ship with Tai­wan first. How­ever, if the ten­sion be­tween the main­land and Tai­wan con­tin­ues to grow, it is inevitable that Bei­jing will con­sider the re­quests for es­tab­lish­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions from for­mer al­lies of Tai­wan,” Liu said.

Sheng Ji­uyuan, head of the re­search cen­ter of Tai­wan af­fairs at Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, said there is an ir­re­sistible trend that Tai­wan’s “diplo­matic al­lies” now hope to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with the main­land be­cause it is in their po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­ter­ests.

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