Ma: Taiwan to solidify '1992 consensus' to pursue cross-strait peace - Focus Taiwan

Ma: Taiwan to solidify '1992 consensus' to pursue cross-strait peace

Singapore, Nov. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Saturday after his unprecedented meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore that Taiwan will continue to consolidate the "1992 consensus" in pursuit of maintaining peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.

Speaking at a news conference, Ma said he stressed that "sustainable peace and prosperity is the mutual goal of the development of cross-strait ties."

The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 in Hong Kong between Taipei and Beijing on how to characterize relations between the two sides -- that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what "one China" means.

The Ma administration says the China refers to the Republic of China.

"In our interpretation, the 1992 consensus does not involve two Chinas, one China and one Taiwan, or Taiwan independence," Ma said.

The Ma-Xi meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, was the first-ever between the leaders of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People's Republic of China.

The PRC was founded in 1949 after the end of the Chinese civil war, won by the Communists over the Nationalists, who moved the seat of the ROC government to Taiwan.

(By Elaine Hou) ENDITEM/ls

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