He did not directly mention the idea of a peace agreement in his response. China has not mentioned the idea since 2009, when then-Premier Wen Jiabao unexpectedly raised it during his opening speech at the annual meeting of China`s parliament. A possible referendum law on the strait would amend the law regulating relations between the Taiwanese people and the mainland region, adopted in 1992, by requiring a referendum to be held before the formal signing of a peace agreement with Beijing. Tsai, who says he wants to maintain the status quo, said China should use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect Taipei`s democratic values. Wu said on February 14 that if the KMT returned to power in 2020, the party would consider a peace deal with Beijing. This would cement a warming of relations on the Strait and renew the dialogue between Taiwan and China, interrupted by Beijing after President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) took office in 2016. The Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty (Chinese: 中日和平條約; In Japanese: |平和条約), formally the peace treaty between the Republic of China and Japan (Chinese: 中華25國與日本國間和平條約; In Japanese: 中華民國と日本國との間の平平和 51約) and commonly known as the Treaty of Taipei (Chinese: 匞北和), was a peace treaty between Japan and the Republic of China (ROC), which took place on April 28, 1952 in Taipei, Taiwan, was signed and entered into force on August 5 of the same year and marked the formal end of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45). The Republic of China and Japan shall endeavour to conclude as soon as possible an agreement on the regulation or limitation of fishing and the conservation and development of fishing on the high seas. At the end of World War II in 1945, the administration of Taiwan was transferred from the Empire of Japan to the Republic of China (ROC), although there were legal issues regarding language in the Treaty of San Francisco. In 1949, when the Chinese Civil War turned decisively in favor of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Kuomintang-led government of the Republic of China (KMT) withdrew to Taiwan and built the provisional capital Taipeh, while the CPCh proclaimed the government of the People`s Republic of China (PRC) in Beijing.
No ceasefire or peace treaty has ever been signed and the debate over the legal end of the civil war continues.  Wu`s comments sparked a cycle of debate between Taiwan`s two major parties. At a press conference on February 20, Tzai said no peace agreement could be reached on the Strait, while Beijing refused to rule out the use of force to impose sovereignty over Taiwan, adding that the Taiwanese „would not accept any political agreement that would destroy or harm national sovereignty or end Taiwan`s democracy.“ Beijing (Reuters) – China can talk to Taiwan as long as it helps promote peaceful development and „reunification,“ Beijing said on Wednesday, after the island`s main opposition party said it could sign a peace treaty if it wins a presidential election next year. . . .