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'One country, two systems' unacceptable to Taiwan: President Ma

2014/11/04 17:45:01

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has reiterated Taiwan's opposition to the "one country, two systems" unification model proposed by Beijing, according to a release issued Tuesday by the Presidential Office.

During a recent meeting with a foreign media delegation, Ma said that when Beijing first unveiled the idea in 1982, then President Chiang Ching-kuo made it clear that it was not acceptable to Taiwan, according to the Presidential Office.

Instead, Chiang proposed that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait jointly pursue "a good system" of freedom, democracy and equal distribution of wealth, Ma told the visitors.

"That stance remains unchanged," he said, adding that Taiwan is different from Hong Kong and will not become a "second Hong Kong."

Taiwan supports Hong Kong's pursuit of democracy but is opposed to any use of violence to achieve that goal, the president said.

Ma said he has never had any unrealistic expectations of immediate democracy on mainland China.

Taiwan, however, will try to show ethnic Chinese societies around the world that democracy, which originated in the West, can take root, sprout and grow on ethnic Chinese soil, he said.

"This is one of the most important reasons for our existence," the president said.

On the question of whether he favors ultimate cross-strait unification, Ma said his administration has followed a policy of "no unification, no independence, no use of force."

This means he will not discuss unification issues with China, promote independence for Taiwan or support the use of force, during his tenure, Ma said.

He said the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a democratic, sovereign state, and any major policies concerning the future of cross-strait relations must be decided by democratic means.

He also said it is not important to discuss unification at this point because it is "not a pressing issue."

The government prefers to set aside political problems that cannot be resolved at present and focus instead on promoting cross-strait exchanges that will enhance understanding between the two sides, he said.

(By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)

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