'1 country, 2 areas' new basis for dialogue: KMT
The China Post news staff & CNABEIJING/TAIPEI -- A senior ruling party representative of Taiwan said yesterday that the government is using President Ma Ying-jeou's “one country, two areas” concept in its efforts to improve cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
March 23, 2012, 12:16 am TWN
Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄), honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), made the statement during a meeting with China's top leader Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), who received Wu in his capacity as general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
The legal basis for the government to push ahead its mainland policy is the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例), Wu told his host.
“That's why it is the Mainland Affairs Council (陸委會), not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (外交部), that is responsible for handling cross-strait affairs,” said Wu.
This also explains that relations between Taiwan and China are not “state-to-state relations” but are “special relations,” Wu stressed, playing down the “special state-to-state relations” terminology coined by former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to describe cross-strait ties when he was the head of state in the 1990s.
Wu acknowledged that peaceful development of cross-strait ties has been possible because of the “1992 Consensus” — a tacit agreement between Taipei and Beijing that there is only one China but each side is free to interpret the term “one China.”
To Taiwan, whose official title is the Republic of China, “one China” means the Republic of China. To mainland China, where the People's Republic of China was established in 1949, the PRC is the sole Chinese government.
Wu said that the consensus has provided “the most important basis” for political trust between Taiwan's KMT and the CPC, the ruling party of mainland China.
Based on that mutual trust, Wu said cross-strait relations have progressed well, as economic cooperation has been carried out “hand in hand,” and cultural and educational exchanges will be expanded “heart to heart.”