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Terry Gou denounces use of force against protesters in Hong Kong

2019/07/02 19:39:55

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), who is seeking to run for president in 2020, said Tuesday that the Hong Kong government should be condemned for using force to disperse protesters the previous night.

The situation in Hong Kong shows that the "one country, two systems" model is a failure, said Gou, who is vying for the opposition Kuomintang's nomination for the Jan. 11 presidential election.

He was commenting on riot police's response to a massive protest the previous day in Hong Kong, in which hundreds of protesters stormed the legislature's main building on the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's return by the British to China.

Hong Kong riot police, wielding batons and shields, fired tear gas at defiant demonstrators engaged in a 10-hour siege on the Legislative Council complex, during which the protesters smashed doors, windows and furniture.

Since June 9, there have been several large-scale protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill that has since been suspended.

The protesters are now demanding that the government fully withdraw the bill that could result in residents, as well as visitors, being sent to China to face trial, and for Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.

At his book launch in Taipei, Gou said he has always believed that "one country, two systems" is a failed model in Hong Kong.

He said the Hong Kong government should be condemned for using force against civilians, and that he hoped that the Chinese territory would maintain its freedom and prosperity.

Comparing the Hong Kong situation with the student-led Sunflower Movement in Taipei in 2014, Gou said then-Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) did not order the use of force against the demonstrators, despite the scale of the protests.

The Sunflower Movement protests included a 24-day occupation of Taiwan's Legislature, as the demonstrators condemned what they said was a lack of transparency in a trade-in-services agreement between Taiwan and China. Due to the protests, the agreement was never ratified in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the KMT on Tuesday issued a statement, saying that it is totally opposed to violence and that it hopes all sides in Hong Kong will seek to communicate with each other and resolve their differences in the spirit of democracy.

The party also reiterated that it does not support the "one country, two systems" model for Taiwan.

However, the KMT said, it recognizes the "1992 consensus" as the foundation for promoting stability and prosperity between Taiwan and China and reducing cross-strait tensions.

The "1992 consensus" refers an understanding reached between the then-KMT government of Taiwan and Chinese communist officials. The consensus has been consistently interpreted by the KMT as both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledging there is only "one China" with each free to interpret what "China" means. However, Beijing has never publicly recognized the second part of the KMT interpretation.

(By Yu Hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin)
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