Wang-Koo summit

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The Wang-Koo summit (汪辜會談/辜汪會談) was an attempt at a cross-strait meeting that took place in 1993 with some follow up meetings up to 1998 between Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) chairman Wang Daohan and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) charman Koo Chen-fu.

Pre-meeting[edit]

In 1992, a year before the Wang-Koo summit in Hong Kong, a consensus was reached between the People's Republic of China and Republic of China. This allowed either side to interpret their own version of China through the 1992 Consensus.[1]

Meeting[edit]

From April 27–29, 1993 the Wang-Koo summit meeting took place in Singapore. It was the first public meeting between figures of non-governmental organization (NGO) since 1949.[1] Four agreements were signed to promote trade and people-to-people exchanges. After the meeting, 20 more consultations at different levels were held.[2]

Around the time of the 1996 ROC presidential election, the mainland's People's Liberation Army fired ballistic missiles during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.

In 1998 Wang and Koo met again in Shanghai.[2] A year later, the two sides would suspend talks in 1999 after the then President of the Republic of China and Kuomintang chairman Lee Teng-hui proposed the Special state-to-state relations.[1] There would be no meetings for nine years until the 2008 First Chen-Chiang summit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Xinhuanet.com. "Xinhuanet.com." Mainland, Taiwan organizations hold first talks in 9 years. Retrieved on 2010-12-18.
  2. ^ a b China-un.org. "China-un.org." First Straits talks in 9 years open. Retrieved on 2010-12-18.