'1 ROC, 2 areas' is more accurate: president's office
By Enru Lin ,The China PostThe Presidential Office said yesterday that “one R.O.C., two areas” is the more precise formulation of the “one country, two areas” concept.
March 24, 2012, 12:19 am TWN
Late Thursday, Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung's (吳伯雄) told Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing that President Ma Ying-jeou backs the notion of “one country, two areas” and that “relations between Taiwan and China are not state-to-state relations, but 'special' relations.”
“One country, two areas” is an unprecedented term for cross-strait relations. The KMT's traditional stance is “one China, with different interpretations.”
Responding to Wu's remarks yesterday, Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said the “one country, two areas” concept is “obviously true.”
The statement, recast with greater precision, is “one Republic of China, two areas,” he said, noting that the R.O.C. Constitution and the 1992 Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area both say that the R.O.C. encompasses Taiwan and mainland China.
'Three Nos' Stand
President Ma's “Three Nos” of “no unification, no independence and no use of force” has never changed, said Fan Chiang.
President Ma has also never wavered in his support for the “1992 Consensus” as the basis for cross-strait relations, he said.
According to the “1992 Consensus,” each side of the Taiwan Strait agrees that there is only “one China,” but each is free to decide what “one China” means.