In deal­ing with China, DPP can­not evade ‘1992 Con­sen­sus’: scholars

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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