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Big majority reject 'one country, two systems': survey

2019/03/21 23:07:05

MAC spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) A large majority of Taiwanese people do not agree with China's "one country, two systems" formula for unification with Taiwan and believe Taiwan's future should be decided by Taiwanese, according to a survey released by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Thursday.

In the survey, which was taken from March 13-17, 79 percent of respondents rejected the "one country, two systems" concept that considers Taiwan a local government and special administrative region of China.

Only 10.4 percent of respondents accepted the formula and 10.5 percent had no opinion.

Taiwan's government has already taken countermeasures against the five-point proposal announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping's (習近平) on Jan. 2, MAC spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said, adding that the results of the survey proved that Taiwanese oppose China's propaganda and divisive plots.

The survey, which was conducted by the Election Study Center of National Chengchi University, involved phone interviews with 1,093 Taiwanese 20 years old and above, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.96 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.

Meanwhile, 83.9 percent of respondents rejected the use of force by China against Taiwan, and 87.7 percent believed that Taiwan's future and cross-Taiwan Strait relations should be decided by Taiwan's 23 million people.

The survey also found that 83.9 percent support exchanges between China and Taiwan being undertaken on the basis of equality and mutual respect, without political preconditions and based on the law.

Eight out of 10 respondents believed the government should have a better established legislative and monitoring mechanism before engaging in political negotiations or signing agreements with China.

Almost 90 percent of respondents wanted to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.

As to the speed of exchanges between the two sides, 41.7 percent believe the current pace is adequate, 11.9 percent think it is too fast and 32.3 percent too slow.

(By Miao Zong-han and Emerson Lim)
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