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Beijing refuses to comment on 'greater one China'

BEIJING--A spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office said Wednesday that the office has taken note of the "greater one China" concept initiated by a bipartisan group in Taipei Tuesday but will not comment on it.

Instead, Ma Xiaoguang reiterated Beijing's stance on relations with Taiwan at a weekly news briefing, which is that both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are part of China even if the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are not yet unified.

He urged Taiwanese to push for peaceful development between the two sides on the basis of the "1992 consensus" about one China and their opposition to Taiwan independence.

The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit understanding reached by the two sides in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side able to have different interpretations of what that means.

Ma sidestepped the question when asked if the greater one China proposal was consistent with the "1992 consensus."

The greater one China framework was proposed Tuesday by a seven member group led by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Shih Ming-teh.

They said both Taiwan and mainland China should form an "incomplete international juristic person" to deal with bilateral affairs by consensus.

They called the idea a modus vivendi which will help the two sides get around their political differences and move forward.

Also at Wednesday's news briefing, Ma again nixed the idea of having the leaders of Taiwan and China meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held in Beijing in November this year.

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