Tsai Ing-wen says 'One Country, Two Systems,' not feasible

Local | 30 Jun 2020 10:00 pm

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen expressed dismay over China's passage of a national security law for Hong Kong, saying Beijing has broken its pledge to Hong Kong to let it maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years.

"I feel extremely disappointed (over the law's passage), which means China did not keep its promise to Hong Kong," Tsai said in Taipei, CNA reports.

Beijing's "broken promise" also showed that the so-called "one country, two systems" model for both Hong Kong and Macau proposed by Chinese government is not feasible in Taiwan, the president said.

Tsai said she hoped people in Hong Kong can continue to fight to maintain their freedoms, democracy and human rights after the law is implemented.

She again pledged Taiwan's help to Hong Kong people, citing the launch of a special office to help those who want to come to Taiwan.

She was referring to the Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office, which will begin operations Wednesday to provide one-stop services to Hong Kong people who wish to study, do business, make investments, or seek asylum in Taiwan.

Though the office is new, the laws and guidelines related to the services being provided are no more accommodating to people from Hong Kong than they have been in the past.

Tsai made the comments a few hours after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in China unanimously passed the national security law for Hong Kong.

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