Thursday, February 23, 2006

KMT Legislator:"No 1992 Consensus"

Whoa. There never was any 1992 Consensus in which each side agreed to disagree.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Su Chi (蘇起) yesterday admitted that he made up the term "1992 consensus" in 2000, before the KMT handed over power to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Su said he invented the term in order to break the cross-strait deadlock and alleviate tension.

"[Then president] Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was not in the know when the term was invented. Lee found out about it later from the newspaper, but he never mentioned later that it was improper," said Su, who was chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council at the time.

Su made the remarks yesterday in response to Lee who, during a Taiwan Solidarity Union seminar on Monday, said that the so-called "1992 consensus" was a fiction.

"Little monkey boy's trying to make up history," Lee said of Su, daring him to respond on the matter.

When asked by reporters for a response yesterday, Su said he did invent the term, which was meant to encourage observers to think that "each side has its own interpretation on the meaning of `one China.'"


Anonymous said...

Yeah, but I think he made it up as a result of what he thought took place at the meeting. Maybe made up for the lack of real outcomes as both sides talked at rather than to each other.

I like the monkey boy quote.

Anonymous said...

On one level this is just soooo Taiwan. You can't get the result from a meeting that you imagine your boss desires, so you lie instead. Important foreign policy decisions may have been based on that lie, both here and in the USA. Taiwan's entire defense strategy may have been warped by this deception, but what the hell... it's just a little white lie. Right?

Su got called Monkey Boy and that's it? No further repercussions? Incredible, but in a way so typical.