Newspaper article China Post

US Takes No Stance on '1992 Consensus': AIT Spokesman

Newspaper article China Post

US Takes No Stance on '1992 Consensus': AIT Spokesman

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The United States takes no stance on the so-called "1992 Consensus," the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said yesterday.

"The scope and nature of cross-strait interaction is for the two sides to decide," American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) spokesman Mark Zimmer told local media yesterday.

"The U.S. takes no position on the substance of such matters," Zimmer said when asked to comment on the U.S.' stance on the agreement between Taipei and Beijing.

The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

The "1992 Consensus" refers to what the Kuomintang (KMT) government describes as a tacit cross-strait understanding that there is only one China, and that each side is free to interpret the meaning of this phrase.

The Chinese mainland sees the one China as the People's Republic of China while Taiwan sees one China as the Republic of China.

The AIT spokesman's comment came after President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday that the "1992 Consensus" between Taiwan and mainland China was "recognized, and agreed to, by the respective parties" including the U. …

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