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