The existence of the ROC is undeniable: President Tsai

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President Tsai Ing-wen on May 14 emphasized the importance of ensuring Taiwan remains an independent and sovereign country called the Republic of China (ROC) in a radio interview. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on May 14 emphasized the importance of ensuring Taiwan remains an independent and sovereign country called the Republic of China (ROC).

The nation is called the Republic of China and sometimes Taiwan, said Tsai in a radio interview when answering questions from the host about Terry Gou’s (郭台銘) recent controversial remarks that there is a ROC and a People’s Republic of China (PRC) under one Chinese nation.

Asked if she agreed with such comments, Tsai said the existence of Taiwan is an undeniable fact, noting that she is interested to see if Beijing accepts Gou’s comments and hopes the international community heard them.

Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., known internationally as Foxconn, is vying for the nomination of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) as its candidate in the presidential election in January 2020.

Last week when asked by the media about his stance on cross-strait relations, the business tycoon said he supports the KMT position on the “1992 Consensus,” wherein both sides acknowledge there is only one China but are free to interpret the meaning of one China.

“I will not mention the ‘1992 Consensus’ without saying both sides are part of one China and each side can define what China means,” Gou said, adding that there is a Republic of China and a People’s Republic of China under one Chinese nation.

The “two-nation” comment sparked criticisms from the KMT-led blue camp, with former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and former

New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) both observing that the “one China” in the “1992 Consensus” formula refers to the ROC.

The consensus, which says both sides are part of one China, with each side free to define what China means, can never be interpreted to mean “one China, one Taiwan” nor “two Chinas,” said both Ma and Chu at separate events.

Chu is also one of the KMT’s five presidential aspirants.

By Wen Kui-hsiang, Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu