Most view ‘two systems’ as failure: poll

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Taipei Times
Date: Jul 01, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

More than half of Taiwanese view the “one country, two systems” framework as a failure and support

Taiwan Thinktank poll center director Chou Yung-hong yesterday in Taipei presents the results of an opinion poll on the “one country, two systems” framework. Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

the nation “going its own way” as Hong Kong marks the 20th anniversary of its handover to China, a survey published yesterday by the Taiwan Thinktank showed.

More than 52 percent of respondents said that the “one country, two systems” model applied in Hong Kong has proved a failure, with only 22 percent viewing it as a success.

More than 63 percent were pessimistic about Hong Kong’s democracy, with only 22 percent expressing optimism.

Proposed by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) in the 1980s, the formula of extensive local autonomy beneath overarching Chinese sovereignty was initially directed at Taiwan before being applied to Hong Kong in 1997, but has failed to win local support.

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