Date: Nov 17, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Following the Hong Kong High Court’s decision to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers,
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine Chang (張小月) yesterday told reporters it was clear from the outset that China’s “one country, two systems” was not really a feasible formula.
Chang made the remarks on the sidelines of a two-day international conference held at the Regent Taipei to discuss China’s “institutional changes and strategic trends.”
“Only if Hong Kongers are able to take care of their own internal affairs themselves could the promise [that Beijing made over the territory’s autonomy] be said to have been made good,” she said. “Respecting Hong Kong’s democratic will would be of help to the territory’s social and economic development.”
When asked whether she considers the ruling a breach of the “one country, two systems” formula, Chang said: “From the beginning we felt that the ‘one country, two systems’ formula would not be feasible, because if a system is good enough, you only need one, not two.” [FULL STORY]