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'Two systems' approach for Hong Kong irrelevant to Taiwan: Ma
Central News Agency
2014-06-19 09:59 PM
Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The results of China's "one country, two systems" model in Hong Kong have "nothing to do with Taiwan," President Ma Ying-jeou told a local magazine in an interview published Thursday. Taiwan and Hong Kong are totally different and cannot be compared, Ma said when asked by Wealth Magazine to comment on Beijing's recent white paper on the results of the implementation of "one country, two systems" in its special administrative region (SAR). Ma pointed out that the Hong Kong Basic Law, the constitutional document of the SAR, was put forward by China's National People's Congress. "The situation is totally different" in Taiwan, Ma said, referring to the nation's Constitution. It is not correct to assume Taiwan will follow the same path as Hong Kong, he said, "and we will not accept that." "The Republic of China (Taiwan) is after all a sovereign nation" which has its own government and military, unlike Hong Kong, he said. On whether Beijing's one country, two systems approach will ultimately prove successful in Hong Kong, Ma suggested waiting to see what happens in 2017, the year that China has said it will let Hong Kong elect its next leader. Ma also addressed local opposition in Taiwan to cross-strait agreements, blasting "the opposition party" for stalling the legislative review of a bill to introduce a monitoring mechanism for such agreements. He said the delay could null the results of the mass student-led demonstration in March and April, which demanded that the government withdraw a controversial trade-in-services pact with China and appealed for a bill to mandate monitoring of cross-strait agreements. (By Kelven Huang and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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