China claps back at KMT chief’s explanation of ‘1992 consensus’

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang recently came under blast by the People's Daily newspaper for his statements regarding the 1992 Consensus. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The People’s Daily (人民日報) criticized on Wednesday the KMT’s new stance on the “1992 Consensus” laid out by Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣). 

Speaking to The China Post in an exclusive interview a day earlier, Chiang emphasized that the 1992 Consensus is deeply-rooted in the Republic of China’s (中華民國) constitution; thus, if China is unwilling to recognize Taiwan (ROC), then the “1992 Consensus” is basically moot.

This sudden declaration stood in stark contrast with that of former President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration and incited backlash from many prominent figures and Chinese media.  

To this, the People’s Daily criticized the new stance as the KMT neither maintaining the “1992 consensus” nor outright rejecting the notion of Taiwanese independence.

The newspaper further stated that the KMT’s policy shift is no different from the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP, 民進黨). 

The People’s Daily questioned: “If the KMT gives up the 1992 consensus, what’s left of the party? If the KMT gives up the 1992 consensus, how could they justify the decision to their constituents as cross-Strait relations lose its foundation?”

According to the People’s Daily, the KMT failed to firmly state their previous pledge against Taiwan’s independence; instead, opting to focus on calling for China to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty, allow their participation in international organizations, and push for cross-Strait human rights talks. 

The article concluded by calling out the KMT for blaming the “1992 consensus” for their election defeats instead of looking within for the problem.