Support for Taiwanese independence increases 12% in a month
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF, 台灣民意基金會) released the results of their newest survey today, revealing that only 25 percent of the Taiwanese public support the idea of “one country two systems,” and 68 percent do not agree with China’s “one-China principle.”
The poll also revealed that 47.5 percent expect some kind of Taiwanese independence to take place in the future.
The results show a 12 percent increase in support for Taiwanese independence when compared to last month’s results. TPOF suggested that recent threats by Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) had encouraged people who previously supported the status quo to move towards supporting Taiwanese independence.
On Jan. 2, Xi threatened Taiwan to accept unification, and reserved the right to use force to this end. In response, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) saidthat “Taiwan will never accept a ‘one country, two systems’ framework,” and called on the international community to support its democracy against Chinese threats.