DPP Must Seriously Consider the Common Political Foundations
The Xi-Ma meeting in Singapore marked the first time in history that leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait had agreed to an oﬃcial meeting. It has strengthened the political trust between the two sides, and solidified the common political foundations, bringing cross-strait relations to a new height. This monumental event has far-reaching implications. The meeting is a major milestone in the development of cross-strait relations over the past seven, ten and even sixty-six years. It has allowed the two sides to come to a consensus on how to move forward, and has opened up new prospects for the peaceful development of cross-strait ties in the years ahead. It is a tremendously
significant event that marks the beginning of a new era.
The success of the meeting is largely attributable to the political charisma of the two leaders and the hard work of oﬃcials on both sides. The meeting is the culmination of the sustained individual, political, economic, cultural, and societal interaction between the two sides over the past seven years. As President Xi Jinping said, “Over the past seven years, the situation across the Taiwan Strait has been stable and peaceful, and significant results have been achieved in the development of cross-strait relations. People on both sides have put in a lot of painstaking eﬀort. If not for the accumulated achievements over the past seven years, the two sides wouldn’t have been able to take this historic leap forward.” For Chinese people on both sides, the most direct outcome of the summit meeting will be a more stable peace across the Taiwan Strait and a diminished likelihood of war. Moreover, going forward, now that there is a stage upon which both sides can engage in formal interaction, government agencies on both sides will be able to engage in more direct and eﬀective cooperation with each other on the basis of a strengthened mutual political trust. If this happens, there is the possibility that both sides may agree to engage in collaborative governance in areas of common interest, bringing greater convenience and security in cross-strait investment, trade, travel and education to people on both sides.
Thanks to their common political foundation, the two sides have been able to explore peaceful solutions to their disputes despite the persistent threat of military confrontation. Both sides adhere to the “One-China Principle” and have been “exercising forbearance for the good of the nation”. When it comes to what the “One-China Principle” means exactly, diﬀerent parties have diﬀerent interpretations in diﬀerent temporal and spatial contexts, such as the statement that “both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same
China”, the assertion that “cross-strait relations are not state-to-state relations”, and the term of the “One-China Framework”, all of which contain wisdom. Since 2000, the “1992 Consensus” has been the most frequently used expression to come from the “One-China Principle”. Over the past decade it has played a vital role in sustaining the ever-increasing exchange and cooperation between civil societies, political parties, and government agencies on both sides. The November 7th meeting of the two leaders has further clarified the terms of the “1992 Consensus”