Ma to reaf­firm ‘1992 Con­sen­sus’ on an­niver­sary of 1st ne­go­ti­a­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou is set to de­liver a speech on April 29, on the 22nd an­niver­sary of the first meet­ing be­tween the Kuom­intang (KMT) gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nist China, in which he will reaf­firm the “1992 Con­sen­sus.”

Ma’s speech seeks to com­mem­o­rate the meet­ing com­monly re­ferred to as the Koo-Wang meet­ing. The meet­ing, con­ducted from April 27 to 29 in 1993, was also the first po­lit­i­cal meet­ing and ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the KMT and main­land China since the rul­ing party first re­treated to Tai­wan.

The event was held be­tween thenS­traits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (

) Chair­man Koo Chenfu ( ) and for­mer As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits ( ) Pres­i­dent Wang Dao­han ( ). Due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of cross-strait re­la­tions back then, the meet­ing was held in Sin­ga­pore thanks to the help of the late Lee Kuan Yew ( ).

Ac­cord­ing to the Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC, ), to com­mem­o­rate the meet­ing, which es­tab­lished a mile­stone in cross-straits re­la­tions, Ma will visit the MAC on April 29. Us­ing the op­por­tu­nity, the pres­i­dent will re­port­edly de­liver an im­por­tant speech that reaf­firms the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” an agree­ment stat­ing that both Tai­wan and main­land China de­fine China in their own ways while both still rec­og­nize that there is only one China.

Ma will re­port­edly stress the im­por­tance of the con­sen­sus, so that cross-strait re­la­tions can con­tinue their steady devel­op­ment and cre­ate ben­e­fi­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties for the na­tion, and also aim for Tai­wan to re­ceive recog­ni­tion both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Ma will also ad­dress the progress of crossstrait re­la­tions over the past seven years of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ma’s Speech Will Be De­liv­ered

be­fore Chu-Xi Meet­ing

While cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als have ques­tioned the in­ten­tions of Ma de­liv­er­ing a speech on the topic prior to the up­com­ing meet­ing be­tween KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) and China leader Xi Jin­ping (

), of­fi­cials from the Tai­wan Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent have stated that Chu has de­clared that he will con­duct his talks based upon Tai­wan’s def­i­ni­tion of the “1992 Con­sen­sus.”

The of­fi­cials said that Ma’ reaf­fir­ma­tion of the con­sen­sus will also show the na­tion the rul­ing party’s poli­cies and in­ten­tions of peace. In con­trast, Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) has yet to clar­ify the DPP’s poli­cies re­gard­ing crosss­traits re­la­tions, and should do so in­stead of dis­play­ing an un­clear po­si­tion, the of­fi­cials said.

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