In dealing with China, DPP cannot evade ‘1992 Consensus’: scholars
If the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wins the presidential election in January, it would not be able to evade the “1992 Consensus” issue when dealing with China, scholars said at a forum on cross-Taiwan Strait ties Friday.
Beijing would not back down on its stance on the “1992 Consensus,” Professor Liu Guozhu of China’s Zhejiang University said, citing as an example cross-strait tensions during the administration of former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP from 2000-2008.
The DPP has been evading the issue in its presidential campaign and it seems unlikely that it would recognize and accept the “1992 Consensus” if it wins the election, Liu said at the forum in Taipei.
If DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen won the election, cross-strait ties would surely see some regression and move between a status of “cold peace” and “cold war,” Liu warned.
Since the DPP would not accept the “1992 Consensus,” both sides of the strait would likely return to a diplomatic war if the party won the election, he said, adding that how severe that war would become depends on how the DPP would act.
The “1992 Consensus” is a tacit understanding between Taipei and Beijing reached in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what “one China” means.
The consensus has been one of the principles in dealing with China under Ma Ying-jeou’s administration, who took office in May 2008. The DPP, however, has refused to recognize the consensus.
Also at Friday’s forum, Wu Tung-yeh, a researcher at National Chengchi University’s Institute of International Relations in Taipei, said the DPP has been trying to downplay cross-strait issues. But it will not be able to evade the issue, he said.