Jan 03, 2019 Human Rights Comments Off on Mayor Ko: Taiwan’s people have not accepted the 1992 Consensus
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je responded to reporters' questions about Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech on Wednesday that marked 40 years of improving cross-strait ties. Xi had called for reunification on a 'one country-two systems' basis. President Tsai Ing-wen has rejected Xi's stance.
When asked if Xi seemed pressed to reunify Taiwan, Mayor Ko said that Xi's stance was very clear. Ko said that his policy is 5 mutuals: mutual knowledge, mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual cooperation and mutual tolerance.
The mayor said that there is a standstill now in cross-strait relations so more exchanges are needed to bring goodwill.
"I still think that if everyone has good will and exchanges, then there can be a breakthrough in tensions. If everyone is playing their cards and doing so fiercely and stubbornly, I think things will only get worse," said the mayor.
Regarding whether Taiwan should use the 1992 Consensus, Mayor Ko said that the key is to strengthen Taiwan's economy and defenses. If Taiwan is not strong in these areas, it cannot bring its cards to the table.
Ko also said that he doesn't think that the 1992 Consensus has been accepted by the people of Taiwan. The consensus refers to a tacit agreement in 1992 to accept the idea of One China with each side having its own interpretation.
He also said that the phrase he has used, the family across the strait, was not meant as a political phrase. He had meant it to express goodwill in city to city exchanges.
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