Taiwan urges more democracy for Hong Kong after Xi Jinping’s speech

Officials dispute Xi’s claim that the “one country, two system” rule implemented in Hong Kong 20 years ago has been successful.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/01
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After China’s leader Xi Jinping said today that the “one country, two

Carrie Lam vowed to take the office in front of Xi Jinping (Source: CNA)

systems” rule implemented in Hong Kong had served to realize and preserve the unification of China, Taiwanese officials called for more democracy and autonomy for Hong Kong.

In a lengthy speech made at Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥)’s swearing-in ceremony as the fifth chief executive since Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain in 1997, the Chinese leader reassured the success of the “one country, two systems” rule implemented two decades ago as serving the interests of the country as well as its people.

“Any activities endangering the country’s sovereignty, challenging the central government and Hong Kong Basic Law, a semi-constitution subordinate to the Chinese constitution, or committing an act of sabotage against the mainland are crossing the red line and utterly intolerable,” said Xi.

Alex Huang (黃重諺), spokesman for the Presidential Office, said that the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities should view the Hong Kong people’s demand for free speech, free gathering and independent jurisdiction with a positive and open mind.    [FULL  STORY]

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