Taiwan’s President cites public’s will over ‘1992 consensus’

(From Taipei Times)

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, for the first time since her inauguration, implicitly dismissed the so-called “1992 consensus” in an interview with the Washington Post, saying it is unlikely that her government would agree to a deadline for accepting conditions that go against the public’s will.

Tsai's Washington Post interview

President Tsai Ing-wen, right, speaks to Washington Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth, left, in Taipei

Tsai gave her first exclusive interview since taking office with Washington Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth at the Presidential Office Building on Monday, with the president talking at length about cross-strait ties and the Taiwan-US relationship.

“I am certain that as a national leader, [Chinese President] Chairman Xi Jinping  is equipped with the ability to make a good and a right decision based on a comprehensive review of all the situations,” Tsai said when asked to verify reports that Xi has set a deadline for her to accept the “1992 consensus.”

Tsai said that given Taiwan has evolved into a mature democracy, where trends in public opinion matter greatly, it is unlikely that the government would accede to conditions set by the other side that are against the will of the people.

“I believe that they [Chinese authorities] are aware of this,” Tsai said. Read More

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