Seek­ing com­mon ground, dif­fer­ing on ‘1992 Con­sen­sus’: Tsai

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) de­clared she will con­tinue to “seek com­mon ground while agree­ing to dif­fer,” with re­gards to the “1992 Con­sen­sus” on Sun­day, dur­ing a me­dia gath­er­ing in San Fran­cisco.

With Tsai’s 12-day U.S. tour com­ing to an end on June 8, the chair­woman ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to­ward the del­e­ga­tion mem­bers and the me­dia del­e­ga­tion, and said that she had ben­e­fited a great deal from the talks in Congress, the State Depart­ment; with in­dus­try lead­ers, ex­perts and over- seas Tai­wanese.

On the “1992 Con­sen­sus” is­sue, Tsai said that while “they had dis­cussed and even quar­reled over the is­sue, it is un­de­ni­able that in 1992, de­spite the con­flict­ing ideals on both sides, they still had come to an im­passe then.”

Her cur­rent method to ad­dress the con­sen­sus, ac­cord­ing to Tsai, is to go back to ba­sics; that is, to con­tinue dis­cus­sions and up­hold an un­der­stand­ing men­tal­ity that was formed in 1992, and to build upon cross-strait re­la­tions re­sults from the pre­vi­ous years.

“As for the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what had hap­pened in the past, and the us­age of the term in ques- tion,” Tsai went on, “say­ing that they will con­tinue seek­ing com­mon ground while agree­ing to dif­fer.”

Main­tain­ing the Sta­tus Quo

The chair­woman also had to face the me­dia in defin­ing her elu­sive “main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo” stance. In short, Tsai took from re­cent opin­ion polls and public at­ti­tudes that con­tin­u­ing to main­tain the cur­rent state of af­fairs is in ac­cor­dance with the main­stream public’s will and “the benefits of mul­ti­ple par­ties.”

Main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo is based upon the R.O.C Con­sti­tu­tional sys­tem, 20-years of cross-strait ne­go­ti­a­tion re­sults, con­tin­u­ing to up- hold 23 mil­lion Tai­wanese cit­i­zens’ free­dom and demo­cratic rights, keep­ing peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion and sus­tain­ing cross-strait sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment, Tsai said.

Tsai fur­ther em­pha­sized the dif­fer­ences be­tween the DPP and Kuom­intang’s (KMT) han­dling of cross-strait af­fairs: the DPP would never re­sort to “black-box” poli­cies, and will not “mo­nop­o­lize in­ter­ests.”

The DPP can­di­date promised that should the DPP be­come the rul­ing party, it will up­hold “the will of the peo­ple,” democ­racy, cit­i­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion and trans­parency in gov­ern­ment mat­ters, sub­stan­tial su­per­vi­sion of the gov­ern­ment, and main­tain that cit­i­zens can reap fair benefits rather than con­tinue be­ing ex­ploited.

Tsai main­tained that the afore­men­tioned core ideals are com­monly ac­cepted among the peo­ple, and are also what the Tai­wanese wish to see im­ple­mented in their demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

In other news, in re­sponse to re­marks about the KMT’s un­fruit­ful pri­maries, Tsai said that she re­spects the rul­ing party’s reg­is­ter­ing sys­tem.

Re­gard­less of who will win the pri­maries, the DPP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date will main­tain a “se­ri­ous and re­spect­ful” at­ti­tude to­ward a wor­thy op­po­nent.

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