Chinese official offers fierce criticism of Tsai
By Lydia Lin, The China PostDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen's denial of the “1992 Consensus” was heavily criticized by Chinese official Wang Yi (王毅), director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of the PRC, who called the DPP chairwoman “unrealistic” and “irresponsible.”
August 27, 2011, 11:27 pm TWN
Speaking at an economic seminar in Nanchang, capital of the Jiangxi Province of China, Wang used the analogy of compatriots mutually constructing a building to describe the recent cross-strait developments, with the “1992 Consensus” serving as the foundation.
A person who proposes to scrap the foundation, but still expects to be able to build more levels and expand the building in the future is “unquestioningly unrealistic and irresponsible,” Wang argued.
If such an idea is truly implemented, the Chinese official said both sides would be severely impacted concerning peaceful development between the two sides, especially on Taiwan's part.
“The Chinese side would never agree to this, and I believe many Taiwanese compatriots would not be able to accept it either.”
Wang is the third high-ranking Chinese official to decry Tsai's comments since she first unveiled the DPP's cross-strait platform.
The foundation of cross-strait peace and development is the “1992 Consensus,” Wang reiterated, which also rejects Taiwan independence under his interpretation. It is on this foundation that the mainland's Association for Relations Across Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) can negotiate and sign 15 agreements, including the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA).
Each inked agreement is like completing another level to the analogous building structure, Wang said, increasing its facilities and benefiting more people.
In response, Tsai's campaign office spokesperson Yu Chia-ching said the pan-green parties have shown openness towards and willingness to work with China, irrespective of the “1992 Consensus” issue.
Yu pointed out that the cross-strait platform in the DPP's ten-year policy guidelines is very favorable towards China-Taiwan developments, with mutually beneficial economic goals in mind.
The DPP's hope is that China will not misunderstand the party's cross-strait plan, which is mentioned in the 10-year policy guideline, and that the initiatives will not change because of disagreements regarding the “1992 consensus,” Yu added.
The “1992 Consensus,” on the “one-China” principle and its respective verbal wording of both sides, was reached in a meeting in November 1992 held in Hong Kong by the ARATS, headed by Wang Daohan, and Taiwan's SEF, led by Koo Chen-fu. The consensus is that “both sides of the (Taiwan) Strait adhere to the 'one-China' principle,” but both sides may have different individual interpretations of it.