China urges Taiwan to respect HK's political development
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 11:10 PM
Beijing, Sept. 2 (CNA) China urged Taiwan Tuesday to respect the development of Hong Kong's political system, two days after Taiwan expressed "regret" over Beijing's decision to restrict Hong Kong people's right to nominate candidates for the special administrative region's chief executive election in 2017. On Aug. 31, China's National People's Congress announced that Hong Kong will hold a popular vote on chief executive candidates who will be named by a "nomination committee" and who must be "patriotic" and love Hong Kong. The NPC decision provoked a widespread protests in Hong Kong, whose citizens complained that Beijing is not allowing them to choose their own leader. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, the country's top China policy planner, responded with a statement of "regret" over China's failure to meet Kong Kong people's demands for the democratic right to freely choose their next leader in 2017. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which ruled Taiwan from 2000-2008, also expressed "deep regret" over the failure of the Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to accomodate a proposal by Hong Kong residents for a more liberal mechanism for nominating candidates for the chief executive election. But Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, countered by claiming that the NPC standing committee's decision is in line with the "one country, two systems" formula and the Basic Law of Hong Kong. "The decision is also in line with the reality in Hong Kong and enjoys wide support and a broad welcome from the majority of Hong Kong citizens," Ma said. He urged "concerned parties in Taiwan" to respect Hong Kong's political development and its success in implementing the "one country, two systems" formula. Ma said Taiwan should try to do more things that are conducive to maintaining stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, as well as to promoting exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and Hong Kong -- things that he said will be in the interest of promoting a peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties. According to Ma, a small number of people in Taiwan are using the Hong Kong issue to besmear the "one country, two systems" guideline and are thus damaging Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and hindering a healthy development of cross-strait ties. "Such actions will not win people's hearts," he said. (By Lawrence Chiu and S.C. Chang)
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