(From China Daily)
A denial of the 1992 Consensus principle that Taiwan and the mainland are both parts of one China would change cross-Straits relations and cause the collapse of the political mutual trust and process of dialogue between the two sides, experts say.
“The island’s new leader has to answer whether she endorses the 1992 Consensus － it’s not an optional question,” Li Yihu, head of Peking University’s Taiwan Institute, said. “The new leader has to voice a clear position on this issue.”
Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, will assume the island’s leadership on May 20 and deliver her inaugural speech.
“Cross-Straits relations have come to a turning point,” said Li. “The mainland won’t tolerate any vagueness regarding the Consensus.”
In a front-page commentary, People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, stressed that not adhering to the 1992 Consensus constitutes sabotage of the common political foundation for cross-Straits ties. Read More