Ma claims Chen Shui-ban backs '1992 Consesus'
The China Post news staffThe China Post news staff--President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday said his predecessor Chen Shui-bian from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also had backed the so-called “1992 Consensus” recognizing “one China.”
August 28, 2011, 10:57 pm TWN
But a former presidential aide under the DPP administration said Ma distorted Chen's words.
Ma claimed that Chen had twice shown support for the “1992 Consensus.”
The first time was in 2000 when Chen told a group of U.S. guests that he would support the Consensus reached between Taipei and Beijing negotiators on both sides having their own definitions of “one China,” Ma said.
But Chen complained that China would not recognize the Consensus and instead unveiled another version of its one-China policy, according to Ma.
Ma said that a press release on Chen's talks with the U.S. visitors can still be found on the Presidential Office's website.
He also claimed that in 2006 he met with Chen to discuss the feasibility of the “1992 Consensus,” and the latter repeated the views he had expressed during the 2000 meeting with the U.S. visitors.
Chen was elected as president in 2000 and reelected in 2004. Ma, from the pro-unification ruling Kuomintang, was still mayor of Taipei in 2006.
Since Ma became president, cross-strait ties have been improving with both sides embracing the “1992 Consensus.”
But DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking to unseat Ma in the January 2012 presidential election, has dismissed the consensus, claiming it never existed.
Ma noted that shortly after Chen's talks with the U.S. visitors were made public in 2000, Tsai, then head of the Cabinet's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), openly denied that there had been a cross-strait consensus on “one China.”