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"1992 Consensus"


Updated:2016-12-30 |

"1992 Consensus"

The "1992 Consensus" was an oral agreement reached between the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) as a result of their talks held from late October to early December of 1992. The two nongovernmental organizations agreed that “both sides of the Taiwan Straits will follow the one-China principle," which subsequently became the political foundation for cross-Straits consultations. The kernel of the "1992 Consensus" is the "one-China principle," which means seeking common ground while reserving differences. The "1992 Consensus" defines cross-Straits relations as neither state-to-state nor "one China, one Taiwan," but confirms the fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. The "1992 Consensus" is the foundation on which cross-Straits relations can progress in peace and stability and with positive interactions. It was on this basis that the historical discussions of the leaders of the CPC and the KMT were conducted in Beijing in April 2005, and the historical meeting between the leaders from both sides of the Taiwan Straits was held in Singapore in November 2015.