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Liberty Times: Stand firm in defense of Hong Kong's democracy
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 10:59 AM
Taiwan issued a statement Sunday through the Mainland Affairs Council in which it expressed "regret" over the decision by Beijing to place heavy restrictions on the first popular election for Hong Kong's leader set for 2017. Such a weak reaction is inadequate. Taiwan must stand firm in defense of democracy in this issue. According to the decision by the standing committee of China's parliament, only candidates approved by a nominating committee will be allowed to run, and a maximum of just three candidates may be put forth. The candidates must be individuals who "love their country and love Hong Kong." Such restrictive rules have broken previous promises by Beijing to "allow Hongkongers to administer Hong Kong," the right to elect their chief executive through universal suffrage, and a high degree of autonomy following the end of British colonial rule there. In the special administrative region, the pro-democracy politicians who hold 27 seats in the 70-member Legislative Council have vowed to block the "fake universal suffrage" plan. Even so, the fight against the despotic regime in Beijing will very likely be as futile as throwing an egg against a rock. But people across the globe, including mainland Chinese themselves, are watching. In this process, what grisly face will China show to the world? If Taiwan lowers its own democratic standards and eases its pressure on China to pursue democratization, it will become an accomplice in the murder of Hong Kong's democracy. The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou needs to live up to its reputation as a democratically-elected government. Ma must not keep silent while doing nothing about the problem. (Editorial abstract -- Sept. 2, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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