Taipei rejects Beijing’s “one country, two systems” proposal, saying that only the Taiwanese people can decide their future
Taiwan is against the “one country, two systems” solution proposed by Beijing, a spokeswoman for the self-governed island’s Foreign Ministry has said, according to Reuters.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Joanne Ou said the Chinese government was using U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taipei as an “To intimidate Taiwanese people, we need to make a new norm..”
In a White Paper published on Wednesday, Beijing refused to rule out the use of force to gain control over Taiwan, but pledged to seek peaceful unification using “one country, two systems” as a guiding principle. The concept, which previously allowed some autonomy to Hong Kong and Macau, could bring “It will have a positive effect on Taiwan resolution” according to the document.
Commenting on the White Paper, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the island’s authorities reject Beijing’s proposal, as only the Taiwanese people can make decisions on their future.
“China’s whole statement absolutely goes against the cross-strait status quo and its reality,” Ou was quoted by The Defense Post as saying.
Beijing’s first White Paper on Taiwan since 2000 accuses the ruling party in Taipei of misrepresenting the principle of “one country, two systems” and of doing “Everything possible to criticize the principle without any basis.” The paper hails the principle as a “rEsounding success” in Macau and Hong Kong.
It is the idea of “one country, two systems” was formulated in the early 1980s during China’s negotiations with the UK on the Hong Kong issue. It meant that Hong Kong, Macau and Macau had a great deal of autonomy regarding economic, legal and government affairs. Macau, an ex-Portuguese colony, was returned in 1999 to China, just two years after Hong Kong had been handed over to China. This principle, which is an answer to Taiwan’s dispute, was first suggested by Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s. He wanted Taiwan to maintain its economic and social systems in return for China admitting it. Taiwan rejected the idea, however.
The document goes on to claim that attempts by the “External forces” notably the United States, “To prevent the unification complete of China,” will fail. In Beijing’s view, Taiwan’s administration has “adopted a separatist stance, and colluded with external forces in successive provocative actions designed to divide the country.”
While accusing “Anti-China activists both within and outside of the region” of causing a period of damaging social unrest in 2019, Beijing pledged to explore a “two systems”Solution, taking into consideration the “interests and sentiment”The island is home to approximately 250,000 people. After reunification, foreign states could continue to develop economic and cultural relations with Taiwan, and with Beijing’s approval, be allowed to set up consulates or other official institutions there, the paper says. There are also possibilities for international organisations or agencies to establish office on the territory.