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Equivocating over Consensus will not give Tsai free ride

By Ji Ye | China Daily | Updated: 2016-05-11 08:25

Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, is expected to assume the island's leadership on May 20 and deliver her inauguration speech. Asked about whether she endorses the 1992 Consensus that Taiwan and the mainland are both parts of one China, Tsai is indeed changing her tone, but toward a more vague and less convincing direction.

The peaceful development shared by the mainland and Taiwan during the past eight years, has a lot to do with the political foundation that both sides of the Taiwan Straits adhere to the 1992 Consensus.

Although toning down her previous rhetoric endorsing the island's "independence", Tsai has refrained from elaborating on what should be done to "preserve the status quo", and refuses to offer an unequivocal answer to inquiries about what her position is regarding the 1992 Consensus on one China.

Equivocating over Consensus will not give Tsai free ride

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