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Denial of "1992 Consensus" threatens cross-Strait relations: Taiwanese official

(Xinhua)

09:26, January 05, 2012

TAIPEI, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A Taiwanese official in charge of Chinese mainland affairs on Wednesday reiterated the significance of the "1992 Consensus," stressing it as an "important basis" for negotiations between Taiwan and the mainland.

Lai Shin-yuan, head of the "Mainland Affairs Council" under Taiwanese authorities, told a press conference that the core spirit of the "1992 Consensus" is to shelve disputes and negotiate pragmatically. "If this basis does not last in the future, cross-Strait relations could be thrown into uncertainty," Lai said.

In November 1992, the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and Taiwan's Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) reached an agreement stating that both organizations have verbally acknowledged that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait adhere to the one-China principle." The "1992 Consensus," as the agreement came to be called, has since served as a significant basis for cross-Strait negotiations and development.

Lai said after the two sides resumed institutionalized negotiations in June 2008, the ARATS and SEF held seven rounds of talks and signed 16 agreements concerning cross-Strait exchanges in the areas of trade, health and food safety.

She said Taiwanese authorities' cross-Strait policies were successful in 2011 and the effects of several cross-Strait agreements have been noticed by Taiwanese people, especially farmers and fishermen in south Taiwan who have been the main beneficiaries of the cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed in June 2010.

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In his address to the 51st session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese vice-premier Qian Qichen had put the world on notice that :- ‘There is but one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the sacred territory of China. "Peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" - - this is our unswerving guideline for settlement of the Taiwan question. This question involves a cardinal principle of China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and reunification. It is purely China’s internal affair which brooks no outside interference. The Chinese Government and people are determined to carry through the struggle against all attempts to split their territory or create an independent Taiwan….”This was followed later by China enactment of the China Anti-Secession Law which would never allow an independent Taiwan. No power on earth can split Taiwan from China. China and the Chinese people will do whatever it takes to prevent that.A rapidly modernised PLA will protect peace in this region and ensure a peaceful reunification.
  

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