Date
23 May 2017
Hong Kong people's support for Taiwan independence is at the highest level since 1995, according to a survey. Photo: Reuters
Hong Kong people's support for Taiwan independence is at the highest level since 1995, according to a survey. Photo: Reuters

Support for Taiwan independence at two-decade high in HK: survey

More than one in three Hongkongers feel that Taiwan should work toward formal independence, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

About 35 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by HKU’s Public Opinion Program said they support independence for Taiwan, Apple Daily reported.

Fifty-two percent said they were opposed to independence moves on the island.

However, the gap between those opposing and backing such moves was the lowest since June 1995, pointing to a notable swing in favor of independence for Taiwan.

For its “Opinion on Independence of Taiwan” survey, researchers from HKU interviewed 1,004 Hong Kong people over the phone from February 29 to March 3.

Support for Taiwan independence was highest — at 67 percent — among people aged between 18 and 29.

The survey also found that 47 percent of the respondents agreed that Taiwan should rejoin the United Nations. That compared with 30 percent who expressed an opposite view.

Asked if “one country, two systems” is appropriate for Taiwan, one in three said it is, while 52 percent disagreed.

Besides, people continue to be pessimistic about the prospect of cross-strait reunification.

Fifty-six percent of the interviewees weren’t hopeful about the prospect, while 28 percent expressed confidence in such an outcome, yielding a net confidence rate of negative 28 percentage points.

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