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President associates '1992 consensus' with cross-strait status quo

2015/07/12 23:01:46

Overseas Chinese in Boston welcome ROC President Ma.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 12 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated twice in Boston Saturday that Taiwan and China have found a model for peaceful co-existence, namely the so-called "1992 consensus" of "one China, separate interpretations" adopted by Taiwan's government.

Addressing a banquet in honor of Taiwanese expatriates in the United States, Ma said that the concept of the 1992 consensus was proposed by Taiwan and accepted by China. After the concept was proposed, some people described it as a "masterpiece of ambiguity."

However, regardless of whether the concept is ambiguous or not, the consensus has indeed helped the two sides of the strait to set aside their sovereignty disputes and pool their efforts for mutual benefits, according to Ma.

To promote peace, Ma said that since he took office, he has been promoting cross-strait relations and the ties between the two sides on the fronts of two-way trade and tourism exchanges have reached their peak in 66 years.

In a nutshell, exchanges between the two sides are helpful for both sides, the president said, adding that he hopes they can continue exchanges and interactions based on the the principle of the 1992 consensus.

During the banquet, Ma also expressed gratitude to the Massachusetts State House for its concern about burn victims in the June 27 dust explosion at Formosa Fun Coast water park (八仙樂園) in New Taipei.

Taiwan and the United States have enjoyed robust unofficial relations over the past 36 years since the termination of diplomatic relations in 1979, Ma added.

He later went to his alma mater, Harvard University, where he met with teachers and students from the university and U.S. scholars familiar with Taiwan affairs.

Ma said during the meeting that the status quo of "no unification, no independence and no use of force" and peaceful and prosperous cross-strait relations is maintained based on the ROC Constitution and the 1992 consensus.

Currently, up to 80 percent of people in Taiwan support maintaining the status quo, an indication that they hope to maintain peaceful and prosperous cross-strait relations created by his administration over the past seven years, Ma was reported as saying.

Ma arrived in Boston earlier that day en route to the Caribbean and Central America as part of his 11th overseas visit since assuming office in 2008.

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- Blake Farenthold and Stacey Plaskett -- and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt greeted him at the airport.

(By Kelven Huang and Evelyn Kao)