BEIJING — A recent high-level cross-strait meeting has produced major results, including consensus that the ties between Taiwan and China are not state-to-state relations, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi said yesterday.
In the March 22 meeting in Beijing, Wu Poh-hsiung, honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang, and Chinese President Hu Jintao in his capacity as the head of Communist Party of China, agreed that both sides should strengthen political trust, reaffirmed their opposition to Taiwan independence and insisted on upholding the “1992 Consensus,” the spokesman said.
The “1992 Consensus” refers to a tacit cross-strait understanding reached in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means.
“Wu and Hu also agreed that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are not in ‘state-to state’ relations,” Yang said during a press conference.
“Both sides insist on ‘one China,’” while agreeing to seek common ground and to put aside their differences, Yang said.
Wu and Hu also think there have been major achievements in cross-strait relations over the past four years, which has resulted in the most peaceful and stable period in the Taiwan Strait in more than six decades, the spokesman said.
Both sides think they should seize this widow of opportunity to enhance mutual trust, accumulate goodwill and deepen exchanges, Yang said.
At the press conference, Yang was asked whether China agreed with Wu’s description of the Taiwan-China situation as “one county, two areas.”
In response, he said China has long maintained that as long as one identifies with the “one China” principle, then “all other questions could be discussed.”
Yang also said that a development project off Fujian province is an economic matter — not an experimental project for the “one country, two systems” model. That is a model being applied in Hong Kong but is rejected by Taiwan.
On Taiwan’s call for the Pingtan development project to be discussed under the cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), Yang said if that is Taiwan’s view, it should be brought up for discussion in the Economic Cooperation Committee, an ad hoc body set up to deal with follow-up issues covered in the ECFA.