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Tsai rejects Xi’s ‘one country, two systems’ proposal
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Taiwan will “never accept” governance under “one country, two systems” as proposed earlier in the day by Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying on Jan. 2 that most Taiwanese are “staunchly opposed to the concept.”
Tsai urged China to embark on a path towards democracy in order to understand the values of Taiwanese citizens, a firm reiteration of her “Four Musts” framework for improved cross-Strait ties detailed in a Tuesday, Jan. 1 speech.
In his Jan. 2 speech, Xi said cross-Strait ties predicated on the so-called “1992 Consensus” could progress to an eventual goal of a “one country, two systems” framework, mentioning the status of Hong Kong and Macau.
But Tsai responded by saying her administration does not accept the “1992 Consensus” as Beijing interprets it as meaning “one China” and “one country, two systems,” rather than maintaining the status quo between China and Taiwan.