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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday urged Hong Kong officials to listen to the protest movement and deal with its concerns instead of using force to suppress the movement, a course Tsai feared would lead to more violence.
“I worry that there might be a worse confrontation ahead if people’s demands remain unaddressed,” Tsai said in response to a question from reporters about protesters storming the Legislative Council (LegCo) building in Hong Kong on Monday and vandalizing it.
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Tsai noted Taiwan is watching the events in Hong Kong closely, mindful of Communist China’s desire to force Taiwan into a similar “one country, two systems” relationship. The Taiwanese have long been concerned about the deterioration of autonomy and individual rights in Hong Kong, seeing it as a harbinger of Taiwan’s fate should it accept a similar arrangement with Beijing.
“It’s clear the Chinese Communist Party regime’s ‘one country, two systems’ is nothing but a lie. I urge the global community to support the people’s struggle for freedom and fully democratic elections,” said another Taiwanese official, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu.
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Writing at the Hill on Tuesday, Taiwan and China expert Joseph Bosco postulated the unrest in Hong Kong may have grown severe enough to give Beijing second thoughts about demanding “one country, two systems” for Taiwan, as it could prove even more difficult for the Communist Party to dominate.
Bosco saw the Hong Kong protests as a stiff challenge to the “conventional wisdom” that mainland China has no choice but to capture and absorb Taiwan, no matter how long it takes, even at the risk of a military confrontation with the United States. Bosco said:
Something about the conventional wisdom always seemed a...
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