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Taiwan wants China to recognize it as ROC

2016/11/01 23:09:50

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Taipei, Nov. 1 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged Beijing Tuesday to "face the Republic of China squarely" and "respect mainstream opinion in Taiwan."

The MAC was responding to Beijing's insistence on its version of the "one China" principle following a meeting between Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) and opposition Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱).

According to China's Xinhua news agency, Xi told Hung that the core value of the "1992 consensus" is the "one China" principle, which means both Taiwan and China belong to "one China."

Any change of government in Taiwan will not change the fundamental fact of the "1992 consensus" or its core meaning, Xi was quoted as saying.

Hung, for her part, told Xi that the KMT and the CPC can "agree on the 'one China' principle, but allow us to disagree on what it means."

To the KMT, "one China" is the Republic of China -- the China that moved to Taiwan in 1949 after the KMT government led by Chiang Kai-shek lost a civil war with the CPC led by Mao Zedong.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which very unwillingly accepts the ROC, now wants China to "look squarely at the existence of the ROC in Taiwan."

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has urged Beijing to do that, her spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said. The MAC made the same call after learning what transpired in Beijing in the meeting between Hung and Xi.

Xi said that whether or not to recognize the "1992 consensus" matters greatly, as it is linked to the momentous question of whether one or two countries exist on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

"This is a question of the utmost importance, and our stance absolutely cannot be wavering or ambiguous even in the slightest way," he was quoted as saying.

Many political differences, between the KMT and the CPC or between the two sides of the strait, will have to be settled gradually, but "solutions will surely be found with sincerity and determination," Xi was quoted as adding.

Based on the "one China" principle, he said the KMT and the CPC can explore ways of negotiating a peace agreement to end the hostility between the two sides of the strait.

But the MAC said that currently, the conditions are not right to push for such an agreement, since there is no consensus on the issue in Taiwan.

It said the KMT and the CPC have "unilaterally" set up political frameworks and principles that ignore Taiwanese insistence on the democratic system and do not honor Taiwan people's views on how to develop cross-strait ties.

The key to developing healthy cross-strait ties lies in mainland China's recognizing the existence of the ROC and understanding the Taiwanese public's welcome of cross-strait exchanges, and their wish to participate in the international commuity, the MAC said.

(By Chen Chia-lun. Feng Chao and S.C. Chang)