Seeking common ground, differing on ‘1992 Consensus’: Tsai

By Stephanie Chao, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Presidential candidate and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) declared she will continue to ��seek common ground while agreeing to differ,�� with regards to the ��1992 Consensus�� on Sunday, during a media gathering in San Francisco.

With Tsai’s 12-day U.S. tour coming to an end on June 8, the chairwoman expressed her gratitude toward the delegation members and the media delegation, and said that she had benefited a great deal from the talks in Congress, the State Department; with industry leaders, experts and overseas Taiwanese.

On the ��1992 Consensus�� issue, Tsai said that while ��they had discussed and even quarreled over the issue, it is undeniable that in 1992, despite the conflicting ideals on both sides, they still had come to an impasse then.��

Her current method to address the consensus, according to Tsai, is to go back to basics; that is, to continue discussions and uphold an understanding mentality that was formed in 1992, and to build upon cross-strait relations results from the previous years.

��As for the interpretation of what had happened in the past, and the usage of the term in question,�� Tsai went on, ��saying that they will continue seeking common ground while agreeing to differ.�� Maintaining the Status Quo

The chairwoman also had to face the media in defining her elusive ��maintaining the status quo�� stance. In short, Tsai took from recent opinion polls and public attitudes that continuing to maintain the current state of affairs is in accordance with the mainstream public’s will and ��the benefits of multiple parties.��