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'1992 consensus' written into KMT's new party platform

2015/07/19 20:48:26

KMT Chairman Eric Chu (left) and KMT's presidential candidate raise joined hands at the party's national congress Sunday.

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has incorporated the "1992 consensus" into its party platform that was passed at the party's national congress on Sunday.

The KMT passed amendments to its policy guidelines during the meeting after officially nominating Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as its candidate in next year's presidential election.

The "1992 consensus" as understood by the KMT refers to a tacit agreement reached between Taiwan and China in 1992 that there is only one China with each side free to interpret its meaning.

The KMT's new policy guidelines include maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait by strengthening mutual trust between the two sides and pushing for the realization of the "five-point vision," reached by then-KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and then-Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in 2005.

That vision calls for promoting cross-strait economic exchanges, the termination of cross-strait animosity and regular party-to-party communications platforms.

The new guidelines also include upholding the ROC Constitution, and enhancing peaceful development of cross-strait relations based on the "1992 consensus" and the "one China, different interpretations" concept and adopting the principle of "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" in promoting cross-strait exchanges.

In its new platform, the KMT says China's rise could bring both opportunities for Taiwan's development and competitive challenges faced by Taiwanese businesses and cause changes in Taiwan's political and economic situations.

Taiwan, therefore, should work to cushion the negative impact of China's rise on Taiwan's political and economic development.

During the national congress, the KMT also set two political objectives -- winning the 2016 presidential election and getting more than 50 percent of the seats in the legislature in the 2016 legislative elections.

The KMT currently holds 64, or 57 percent, of a total of 113 seats in the legisalture.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)