Consensus Found and Consensus Lost: Taiwan’s 2016 Election, the “1992 Consensus,” and Cross-Strait Relations

  • Wei-chin Lee
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter aims to examine the tug of war of campaign slogans and narrative propositions between parties and electoral contenders in the 2016 presidential elections. It begins with a brief genesis of the 1992 Consensus and its distinctive features followed by an analysis of the campaign agendas and policy stances of presidential contenders and ends with implications for our understanding of Taiwan’s identity and future cross-Strait relations. President Tsai’s “status quo maintenance” proclamation is an attempt to reject the 1992 Consensus for electoral gain. However, the “one China” principle insisted by China will continue to be a significant factor for cross-Strait relations.


The 1992 Consensus Status quo maintenance “One China” principle Identity politics 


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  • Wei-chin Lee
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International AffairsWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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