Ko ‘respects’ China’s ‘1992 Consensus’ stance
In an interview with Chinese media, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wenje ( ) said he respects and understands mainland China’s stance on the “1992 Consensus.”
Ko yesterday accepted interviews from three media outlets including China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency ( ).
Xinhua asked Ko: “A few days ago, Shanghai Deputy Mayor Weng Tiehui ( ) met Mayor Ko and underscored the ‘ 1992 Consensus’ as the political basis of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. What is Mayor Ko’s view on the ‘1992 Consensus’?”
According to the Xinhua report, Ko replied that he respects and understands China’s position on the 1992 Consensus.
“China has put forth the ‘ 1992 Consensus’ as the basis for peaceful development of cross-strait relations — I express and understanding toward this position,” Ko said in a transcript of the interview.
The so-called “1992 Consensus” is the tacit agreement that there is only one China but that each side of the Taiwan Strait is free to interpret what China means.
“But I also believe that my ‘new 2015 view ( )’ has another meaning that is positive,” Ko continued, according to the report.
Ko’s “new 2015 view,” which has been framed as a replacement for the “1992 Consensus,” argues that the two sides of the Strait cooperate for mutual gain while respecting each other’s history and all agreements previously signed and agreed upon.
In the interview, Ko pledged to pursue any exchange that benefits both sides.
“So long as it is conducive to the inter-city exchanges and to enhancing the well-being of the people of the two cities, I will actively pursue it,” he said, according to Xinhua.
Asked for his views on TaipeiShanghai interaction, Ko said promoting exchanges and increasing goodwill between the cities has always been his policy.
Ko said that as a doctor, his interactions with Shanghai were concentrated in the medical field; now as Taipei City mayor, he aims to expand the scope of interactions to transportation, science and technology and education.