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Chinese spokeswoman stresses importance of "1992 consensus" to improving cross-Strait relations

  BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese government spokeswoman said Wednesday the relations between the mainland and Taiwan will not be improved if the "1992 Consensus" is not observed.

  Fan Liqing, spokeswoman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a press conference that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan should adhere to the "1992 Consensus."

  In November 1992, the Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) held talks in Hong Kong. The organizations reached what is called the "1992 Consensus," under which both sides adhere to the one-China principle.

  Founded in 1991 and 1990, respectively, the ARATS and the SEF are authorized by the mainland and Taiwan to handle cross-Strait affairs.

  Fan made the remark in reply to a question about the DPP's former chairman Frank Hsieh Chang-ting's claim on Monday that the "1992 Consensus" had been replaced by a "constitutional consensus."