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Hong Kong democracy important for cross-strait relations: Taiwan

2014/10/10 18:10:01

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top agency responsible for China policy, expressed hope Friday for the steady growth of democracy in Hong Kong, which it said would mean a lot to the long-term development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

In a statement issued after President Ma Ying-jeou voiced his support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement in his National Day speech Friday morning, the council reiterated its support for efforts to promote freedom, democracy and prosperity in Hong Kong.

It called on authorities in China and Hong Kong to listen to what people have said and "let democracy grow smoothly" in the former British colony.

Protecting Hong Kong people's basic human rights such as freedom of assembly and speech and allowing Hong Kong democracy to blossom "will not only guarantee Hong Kong's stability but will also play a significant role in the long-term development of cross-strait relations," the MAC said.

In his speech, Ma backed the democracy protests in Hong Kong and urged Beijing to fulfill its promise of a high degree of autonomy in the special administrative region.

(By Chou Yi-ling and Elizabeth Hsu)