Taiwan’s Tsai must take clear stand on one-China principle: Experts

(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.

Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai Ing-wen

“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

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