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'One country, two systems' formula not acceptable: Taiwan

2014/09/26 21:18:33

Presidential Office spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has expressed his opposition to the "one country, two systems" formula many times, and China's promotion of the system will not be accepted by Taiwan's government or people, a Presidential Office spokeswoman said Friday.

Ma Wei-kuo (no relation with the president) was responding to Chinese leader Xi Jinping's remarks made earlier Friday when he met in Beijing with a Taiwanese delegation led by Yok Mu-ming, the chairman of the pro-unification New Party.

Xi said that "peaceful unification and one country, two systems are the guiding principles in solving the Taiwan issue," and that the implementation of the model will "take full consideration of the actual situation of Taiwan."

Ma Wei-kuo said the Republic of China (now the official name of Taiwan) is a sovereign independent country that has been in existence for 103 years.

The government advocates maintaining the status quo of "no unification, no independence and no use of force" under the framework of the ROC Constitution and has promoted peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait based on the 1992 consensus, Ma Wei-kuo said.

The consensus, according to the Kuomintang government, is a tacit understanding that there is one China with both sides of the Taiwan Strait free to interpret its meaning.

The rhetoric of "one country, two systems" will not be accepted by the government or the people, she said, citing repeated rejections of the formula by Ma Ying-jeou in the past.

As chairman of the Kuomintang, he said in October 2005 that "the core value is to safeguard the Republic of China and oppose Taiwan independence, but we will not accept mainland China's 'one country, two systems' formula," the spokeswoman said.

In March 2006, he reiterated his opposition to the formula while meeting with Taiwanese compatriots at a banquet in San Francisco, explaining that it would mean the loss of sovereignty for Taiwan.

In April 2010 as president, Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview with CNN that he did not think the formula, which China has used for Hong Kong, was good for Taiwan because of the differences between the two.

The ROC, he said at the time, is a democratic country that chooses its own president and Legislature and is run independently, Ma Wei-kuo said.

Premier Jiang Yi-hua also said in a legislative question-and-answer Friday that as a sovereign independent country, the Republic of China will never accept the "one country, two systems" model.

The premier said he had yet to read the full text of Xi's remarks, but if the "one country, two systems" pitch is "simply an extension of the statements of the Chinese mainland toward us in the past, we don't feel there is anything substantively new."

Wang Yu-chi, the head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policymaking body, said the "one country, two systems" idea has long been Beijing's guiding principle toward Taiwan, and this was simply the first time that Xi raised it more formally.

"I certainly cannot agree with it," Wang said.

Pressed by a legislator on whether he would express that stance to Xi at an upcoming APEC meeting, Wang said he would "express the stance on an appropriate occasion."

Wang said Xi served a long time in Fujian province, where many Taiwanese businessmen operate, and thinks he knows a lot about Taiwan.

Since Xi took over as head of the Communist Party in November 2012, he has adopted a softer tone toward Taiwan than his predecessors, but he still has not budged one inch in cross-strait consultations, Wang said, citing the trade-in-goods talks, in which China has not made any concessions on key items.

Wang said it remains to be seen if China's actions will actually match the Chinese leader's more conciliatory tone.

(By Ta Ya-chen, Kao Chao-fen and Lilian Wu)
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