Hu Jintao

Hu tells KMT's Lien '1992 consensus' crucial to ties

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 November, 2011, 12:00am


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President Hu Jintao reiterated the importance of abiding by the so-called 1992 consensus for peaceful development of cross-strait relations when he met Kuomintang honorary chairman Lien Chan.

Hu urged the two sides to embrace peaceful development of ties and reinforce their shared political foundation for opposing Taiwanese independence. The two met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders' summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He said the '1992 consensus' - under which both sides recognised there is only one China but that each interprets that its own way - should be a precondition for dialogue and the foundation for peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

The key aspect of the consensus was to seek common ground while reserving differences, reflecting the pragmatic approach both sides take to tackle political issues, Hu said.

'To maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait and promote the well-being of people on both sides of the strait, the two sides should continue to stick to the 1992 consensus, build mutual trust and keep finding new ways to advance cross-strait ties,' he was quoted as saying.

Lien said after his meeting with Hu that he discussed the issue of a peace accord as proposed by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

'He did not have any response to that,' he was quoted as saying by Taiwan Central News Agency.

Lin Wen-cheng, a professor at Taiwan's National Sun Yat-sen University, said Hu's remarks indicated there would not be any negotiation on a peace accord if the 1992 consensus was violated.

Beijing has refrained from commenting on the upcoming Taiwanese presidential election in January.