By: Liu Kuan-ting, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Emerson Lim
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) tendered
his resignation as presidential advisor Thursday, citing rifts with the Presidential Office over his alleged support for China’s “one country, two systems” proposed framework for unification with Taiwan.
Soong, who recently returned from a trip to China, was quoted by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency earlier this week as saying he agreed with the “two systems” proposal put forth by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as a solution to the Taiwan issue.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Soong said he never mentioned the term “one country, two systems” in any interview during his visit to China, which began on April 15.
Furthermore, he did not suggest using the Hong Kong model to handle cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Soong said, adding that the purpose of his trip was to talk about economic issues, not politics. [FULL STORY]