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Tsai's victory does not mean big shift in ties with China: scholar

2016/01/17 00:47:04

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) There will be no "earthquakes" in ties between Taiwan and China after President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) take power, a local scholar said Saturday night.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) and other Chinese officials said in the run-up to Taiwan's elections that the "earth will move and mountains will shake" in cross-strait relations if Taiwan does not accept the "1992 consensus," a consensus that Tsai has rejected.

The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached between Taipei and Beijing in 1992 that there is only one China on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, with each side free to interpret what one China means.

But Tamkang University professor Chang Wu-yueh does not see a major change in cross-strait relations under a DPP administration, even without the 1992 consensus.

Judging from Tsai's victory speech, Chang said, the upcoming four months before Tsai takes office will be critical for her and the DPP to improve communications and narrow differences with the Chinese side.

If they do well, cross-strait peace and stability will have a better chance of being maintained.

Tsai said in her speech that future cross-strait ties will be based on the Republic of China Constitution, and she will solicit the mainstream opinion of Taiwan to improve ties with China.

Chang said he expected Taiwan and China to be able to find a "new consensus or tacit understanding" through dialogue.

Tsai and her running mate Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) won a resounding victory in the presidential election with 56.1 percent of the ballots cast, and the DPP also won an absolute majority in the Legislature for the first time in history by taking 68 of 113 legislative seats.

(By Cheng Ching-wen and Bear Lee; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)
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