Upholding 1992 consensus and rejecting “Taiwan independence” key to peaceful cross-strait relations, says Chinese spokesperson

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Chen Binhua

29th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) A spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, Chen Binhua, emphasised on Wednesday that only by adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence” can relations across the Taiwan Strait be restored to a path of peaceful development. Chen stated during a press conference that this is the sole way to ensure the well-being and prosperity of Taiwan compatriots and pave the way for a bright future.

Chen’s remarks were made in response to recent statements made by Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, both members of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, regarding cross-Strait relations. Chen criticised the obstinate pursuit of “Taiwan independence” and collusion with external forces to instigate provocative actions, highlighting that such actions lead nowhere and only serve to escalate tensions in the Strait, jeopardizing the safety and welfare of Taiwan compatriots.

The spokesperson emphasised that the 1992 Consensus serves as the common political foundation for cross-Strait dialogue and negotiations. Chen clarified that as long as the 1992 Consensus is upheld, there are no barriers preventing any political party or group from Taiwan from engaging in exchanges with the Chinese mainland.

Addressing concerns raised by foreign media regarding the upcoming Taiwan leadership election and the potential for heightened tension in the Strait, Chen asserted that these concerns reflect the global recognition of the dangers associated with “Taiwan independence.”

Chen urged Taiwan compatriots to recognize that those advocating for “Taiwan independence” are instigators of trouble and potential conflict, labelling them as “war-makers.” He called upon the people of Taiwan to firmly oppose “Taiwan independence” and contribute to the restoration of cross-Strait relations on the right path of peaceful development.

The issue of cross-strait relations remains a sensitive topic, with China considering Taiwan an integral part of its territory and opposing any moves towards independence. The Chinese government has consistently emphasized the importance of upholding the 1992 Consensus, which acknowledges the “One China” principle while allowing for different interpretations. Taiwan, on the other hand, has sought to maintain its autonomy and democratic governance, often advocating for international recognition and support.

As the situation evolves, the future of cross-Strait relations will continue to be closely watched by regional and global stakeholders, recognizing the potential implications for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.