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