On 2 September 2008, ROC President Ma Ying-jeou was interviewed by the Mexican newspaper El Sol de México. He was asked about his views on the “two Chinas” and whether there is a solution to the sovereignty issues between the two. The president of the ROC replied that relations do not exist between two Chinas or between two states. It`s a special relationship. He added that the sovereignty issues between the two cannot be resolved at this time, but cited the 1992 consensus, which is currently accepted by both sides, as a temporary measure until a solution is found.  The spokesman of the presidential office of the ROC Wang Yu-chi then clarified the president`s statement and said that relations between two regions of the same country, based on the position of the ROC Constitution, the law on relations between the people of the Taiwan region and the continental territory, and the consensus of 1992.  At an event co-hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies in Brookings on March 7, former President Ma described the history and practice of the One China Principle, discussed the 1992 and Beijing Consensus approach, and made his own recommendations for the next stage of China-China relations. Maintaining the 1992 consensus, the cornerstone of the KMT platform as a whole, did not help the party`s cause – and, more importantly, probably did the opposite. In a speech on 10 October 2004, then-President Chen Shui-bian said he was ready to engage in dialogue with the heads of state and government of the People`s Republic of China on the basis of the 1992 meeting in Hong Kong. This formulation, however, was based on the premise that no agreement had been reached on a single China at the 1992 meeting; As a result, Chen`s speech was widely seen as an attempt to lay the groundwork for negotiations with the PRC without accepting the one-China principle. The People`s Republic of China did not respond positively to his speech; Subsequently, no dialogue was initiated. If the two parties had agreed, they would have signed a consensus agreement that would provide clear legal and historical evidence of the 1992 consensus. All of this would be very obvious and there would be no need to argue over everything that followed.
But since the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) came to power in January 2016, China has stepped up its campaign of pressure against the island: a step that, in the worst case scenario, could lead to war. DPP President Tsai Ing-wen, who refused to recognize the consensus, was re-elected this year to ensure, however, that the next four years will be exceptionally tense.