Premier: 1992 Consensus tantamount to ‘one China’

Premier Lin Chuan says the "1992 Consensus" as interpreted by Beijing is tantamount to "one China" and as such is not acceptable to most people in Taiwan. Lin was speaking Tuesday at the legislature.

The "1992 Consensus" refers to the outcome of a meeting between representatives of China and Taiwan in 1992. Under the consensus, both sides agree that there is only "one China," of which Taiwan is a part. But the two sides are allowed to hold different interpretations of what "one China" signifies. Taipei holds that "one China" refers to the Republic of China on Taiwan, while Beijing says it means the People's Republic of China.

The 1992 Consensus of "one China with separate interpretations" formed the basis of cross-strait dialogue under the former Ma Ying-jeou administration. But the term was not coined until 2000 and the Tsai Ing-wen administration has not acknowledged its validity. Significantly, China never mentions the separate interpretations part of the alleged consensus.

The premier said most people in Taiwan are against the 1992 Consensus. "The '1992 Consensus' is tantamount to 'one China', which I believe is not acceptable to the mainstream public opinion. This is also why public views must be taken into consideration in government policies. Equality and dignity are [Taiwan's] basic principles that must be upheld during cross-strait talks," Lin said.

Source: Radio Taiwan International