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Cross-Strait ties: 1992 Consensus 'basis' for regular contact

By Xinhua

BEIJING - Only by confirming the adherence to the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus that embodies the one China principle can cross-Strait affairs authorities continue regular communication, a mainland spokesman has said.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on Saturday that cross-Strait affairs authorities have maintained active interactions for more than two years after establishing a regular communication mechanism based on the 1992 Consensus in 2014, citing meetings, a cross-Strait hotline and the "proper handling of many sensitive issues."

Ma said this mechanism paved the way for the two sides to contact each other in a timely fashion, avoid misjudgments, keep disagreements under control, and it was also conducive to enhancing understanding and mutual trust.

"With the operation of the regular communication mechanism, some 'impossibilities' in cross-Strait relations have become realities," Ma said.

Also on Saturday, the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) said its negotiation and contact mechanism with its counterpart in Taiwan will be maintained if the latter is authorized to confirm their adherence to the 1992 Consensus.

In a statement, the ARATS said that its stance and sincerity toward cross-Strait talks with the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) based on the 1992 Consensus remains unchanged.

According to the ARATS, its negotiation and communication mechanism with SEF was formally authorized by cross-Strait authorities based on the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus, and the two organizations only resumed talks in May 2008 after confirming this foundation.

"Over the past eight years, the two organizations held 11 talks, signed 23 agreements, consolidated the common political foundation and boosted benefits for the people," it said.

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