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Taiwan president rejects China's offer of ‘one country, two systems’

12 October 2019

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday rejected a "one country, two systems" formula that Beijing has suggested could be used to unify the island and the mainland, saying such an arrangement had set Hong Kong "on the verge of chaos". She said if China's "one country, two systems" is accepted, there would no longer be any room for the existence of Taiwan.

Despite her assurances, Beijing has stepped up pressure on the island to seek "reunification" and backed up its warnings by flying regular bomber patrols around it.

Describing Taiwan "as the strategic forefront of the Indo-Pacific region", she said it has become "the first line of defence for democratic values" at a time when "we are witnessing China's rise and expansion".

In the meeting at the Presidential Office, Cruz said Taiwan is "a powerful demonstration that freedom works", and that is why "the Communist government in China fears so deeply Taiwan's success". "Hong Kong is approaching disorder because of the failure of "one country, two systems".

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Taiwan's return to China on the national day of the People's Republic of China.

Tsai's approval rating of 41.1% far exceeds that of her challenger, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu of the China-friendly Kuomintang opposition, according to the latest poll by the Apple Daily newspaper.

Tsai making the connection between "one country, two systems" and the Republic of China in her address was meant to debunk the KMT's rhetoric that she is a Taiwan independence supporter.

Tsai is now running about 13 points ahead of Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu in Tawian's January presidential election.

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"And they were very unhappy when one of the very first things Trump did as president-elect was to take a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan", Sanders said, adding that the call sent the United States media into a frenzy. Beijing also commands a massive military and has hundreds of missiles pointed directly at Taiwan.

"The speech is informative in that it reiterates the key talking points that President Tsai and DPP legislative candidates will repeat in the remaining three months of the presidential and legislative election campaigns", he said.

Beijing's success in persuading two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies to switch recognition to China in the last month - the Solomon Islands and Kiribati - leaves Taipei with just 15 such partners worldwide.

Other key figures attending the Yushan Forum who met with Tsai included former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and chief of the American Institute in Taiwan Brent Christensen. But following U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's blistering broadside against China in October a year ago, the Taiwanese leader has also ramped up the rhetoric.

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Taiwan's National Day, marking the anniversary of the start of a 1911 uprising that led to the end of dynastic rule in China and the founding of a republic, was celebrated in Taipei with singing, dancing and parades.

Taiwan president rejects China's offer of ‘one country, two systems’