Increased number of Hong Kong people support Taiwan independence: poll

07/18/2019 05:11 PM
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Taipei, July 18 (CNA) The number of Hong Kong people who support Taiwan independence has surged to a record high since 1993, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI).

The institute, successor to the Public Opinion Programme under the University of Hong Kong since July, released its first opinion poll, which showed that 43.7 percent of the respondents in Hong Kong support Taiwan independence, up from 35 percent in January 2019.

The support rate is the highest since 1993, the PORI said.

Ivan Choy (蔡子強), a senior lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, attributed the rise in support for Taiwan independence to Hong Kong people's increasing dissatisfaction with Hong Kong politics.

According to the same survey, 66 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with the rule of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥), although her support rating rose slightly to 26 percent from 23 percent in June 2019.

The survey also indicated that more Hong Kong people support Taiwan's international participation, with 57.2 percent favoring Taiwan rejoining the United Nations, up 3.7 percent from January. However, the figure was a 1.8 percent fall from August 2018.

The survey was based on a random selection of 1,025 respondents aged over 18 in Hong Kong and was conducted by the PORI July 2-8 after several large-scale anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong since June.

The bill, now suspended but not formally withdrawn, has raised concerns that it could allow crime suspects to be sent to China for trial, but more importantly, has underscored for many in Taiwan the impossibility of China's "one country, two systems" approach to cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

(By Chi Jo-yao)


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