Most people in Taiwan do not accept ‘1992 consensus’: poll

Taipei, More than 80 percent of the people in Taiwan do not accept Beijing's definition of the "1992 consensus" and think that it is aimed at undermining the Republic of China's (Taiwan) sovereignty and squeezing its international space, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll, conducted by the Cross-Strait Policy Association, found that 45.1 percent of the people in Taiwan are of the view that there was no such consensus, while 32.6 percent believe it existed.

However, the vast majority of the Taiwan public -- 84.1 percent -- refuse to accept the "1992 consensus" under Beijing's "one China principle," saying that it is aimed at wiping out the Republic of China (Taiwan), according to the poll.

The poll, conducted one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping said Taiwan "must and will be" united with China based on the "1992 consensus" and under the "one China principle," also found that 55.5 percent of the people in Taiwan are not familiar with the contents of the "1992 consensus," while 40.2 percent are.

According to 44.4 percent of the Taiwan public, "the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are two different countries," while 20.9 percent think "they are two parts of the same country waiting to be united," the survey indicated.

It showed that around 20.6 percent are of the view that each side has the right to claim that it represents all of China, while 7.1 percent contend that the Republic of China is a local government of the People's Republic of China.

Some 62.5 percent of the people in Taiwan support the government's recognition as historical fact that Kuomintang (KMT) government officials from Taiwan and Chinese communist officials met in Hong Kong in 1992 but they did not forge a consensus.

The random telephone survey, carried out Dec. 27-28, collected 1,081 valid examples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent, and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 point percentages.

The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit agreement reached in 1992 between the then KMT government of Taiwan and Chinese communist officials that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge there is only "one China," with each side free to interpret what "China" means.

In Xi's speech on Wednesday, he said he will continue to advocate the "1992 consensus" that seeks to achieve Taiwan's unification with China under the framework of the "one China principle."

Later in the day, President Tsai Ing-wen responded to Xi's comments, reiterating that she has never accepted the "1992 consensus" and will never accept the "one country, two systems" unification model designed by Beijing.

Tsai's refusal to acknowledge the "1992 consensus" has resulted in a stalemate in cross-strait relations and increased pressure by Beijing on Taiwan, including on the diplomatic and international fronts.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel