Fire­crack at­tack

MAC re­futes Lee Teng-hui’s claim about ‘1992 Con­sen­sus’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil (MAC, ) de­nied a con­tro­ver­sial claim made by for­mer Pres­i­dent Lee Teng-hui ( ) that the “1992 Con­sen­sus” was bo­gus, say­ing that the coun­cil has of­fi­cial doc­u­ments de­tail­ing how the con­sen­sus came about.

The “1992 Con­sen­sus” refers to a tacit agree­ment reached by the Re­pub­lic of China and the main­land author­i­ties dur­ing talks in Hong Kong in 1992, that there is only one China and each side is free to of­fer its own in­ter­pre­ta­tion as to what that means in prac­tice.

Dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween Tai­wan’s Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF, ) and China’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS, ) in Oc­to­ber in 1992 in Hong Kong, Bei­jing de­manded a clar­i­fi­ca­tion of how both sides would for­mu­late “the one China prin­ci­ple,” the MAC said.

At that time, the two sides were un­able to reach an agree­ment. But one month later, the ARATS agreed to a SEF pro­posal that both sides could have their own oral in­ter­pre­ta­tion of one China.

This is the ori­gin of sep­a­rate in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the mean­ing of “one China,” which has been known as the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” the MAC said.

In Tai­wan, “one China” refers to the Re­pub­lic of China and this is en­dorsed by the broad ma­jor­ity of the Tai­wanese peo­ple, the MAC added.

SEF and ARATS are two in­ter­me­di­ate in­sti­tutes es­tab­lished by Tai­wan and the main­land in 1990 to han­dle cross-strait af­fairs in the ab­sence of for­mal ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the MAC, when Lee served as Tai­wan’s pres­i­dent from 1988 to 2000, he presided over a meet­ing of the Na­tional Uni­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil on Aug. 1, 1992, when a for­mal res­o­lu­tion on Tai­wan’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of “one China” was ap­proved.

The res­o­lu­tion says that both sides of the Tai­wan Strait in­sist on the prin­ci­ple of “one China” but they should have dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

All the doc­u­ments de­tail­ing how the “1992 Con­sen­sus” was formed have been main­tained, the MAC said. “The his­toric truth writ­ten on pa­per with black ink is un­de­ni­able.”

In a re­cent in­ter­view with Ja­panese mag­a­zine Voice, Lee crit­i­cized the rul­ing Kuom­intang’s (KMT’s) “pro-China” ap­proach, which he said was based on the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” a prod­uct of forgery.

Lee claimed no such tacit agree­ment was reached in the 1992 Hong Kong talks, and that no one told him dur­ing his pres­i­dency that the two sides had reached the con­sen­sus.

The term was cre­ated by for­mer MAC chief, Su Chi ( ), to meet the KMT’s po­lit­i­cal needs, said the 92-year-old, an out­spo­ken politi­cian who sup­ports Tai­wan’s in­de­pen­dence.


Po­lice sub­due a sus­pect dur­ing a drug bust in front of a tem­ple in Taoyuan, yesterday. The man, sur­named Lin, threw fire­crack­ers at the po­lice while re­sist­ing ar­rest.

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