Beijing has stopped all communication with the main Taiwan liaison office after President Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal to endorse the concept of a single Chinese nation since her inauguration in May.
A statement posted on the website of the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office confirmed that contact between the two bodies responsible for contact between Beijing and Taipei had been suspended since Tsai took office.
“Because the Taiwan side has been unable to confirm the ’92 consensus that embodies the common political foundation of the one-China principle, the mechanism for contact and communication between the two sides has already been suspended,” the statement quoted An as saying.
Speaking at her inauguration, Tsai said in reference to the 1992 consensus, “I respect the historic fact.” While acknowledging what a previous generation of leaders had agreed upon, Taiwan’s first female president refused to endorse it.
Observers have been speculating since Tsai took office that China would begin to take steps to compel Taiwan to endorse the “one-China principle” which Beijing views as a prerequisite for healthy cross-Strait relations.
Insiders have already revealed that Beijing is looking to reduce the number of mainland tourists travelling to Taiwan, hoping that dwindling tourism revenues will exert enough pressure on Tsai to reconsider her stance.
Beijing had previously made threats to suspend communications unless she acknowledge the “1992 Consensus,” something which they now appear to have made good on.
State media have also looked to belittle Tsai, claiming that she is extremist and prone to erratic behavior due to her being a single woman without “the emotional burden of love.”