Beijing official rejects 'one country, two systems' criticism

March 11, 2019 14:58
Chen Yuanfeng, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said the “one country, two systems” principle has been successfully implemented in Hong Kong, although critics are trying to discredit it. Photo: Xinhua

Chen Yuanfeng, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said he believes the "one country, two systems” principle has been implemented successfully in Hong Kong and will also prove successful in Taiwan after reunification, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Chen made the comments on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on Sunday, when he was asked about the current view in Taiwan that the implementation of "one country, two systems" has not been good in Hong Kong.

In a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" on Jan. 2 this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the reunification of Taiwan under the "one country, two systems", only to be rejected flatly by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Chen, a member of the national committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body, disputed the view in Taiwan that the principle is not being implemented well in Hong Kong, insisting that it is successful in the city but being discredited by critics.

He said that when the country is reunified, the principle will also be implemented in Taiwan successfully, with people on the island expected to accept it slowly.

Chen also said the mainland’s policy toward Taiwan is peaceful reunification, pointing out that any military action against Taiwan will only be aimed at forces pushing for independence but not at the general public.

Any misunderstanding, misreading or misjudgment in this regard should be avoided, he added.

Also on Sunday, Yang Jian, deputy director of Beijing's Liaison Office, was asked about the rumor that the central authorities have asked Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to complete the task of legislating Article 23 of the Basic Law before her current term ends in June 2022, seeing this as a condition to support Lam for a second term of office.

Lam had said in April last year that Hong Kong has a constitutional responsibility to enact Article 23, but the government has no concrete timetable for pursuing such action.

Without commenting on the rumor, Yang said Hong Kong, when it comes to maintaining national security, bears the responsibility that comes with “one country” and should not deal with the issue by resorting to "two systems".

He said the legislation of Article 23 is a constitutional responsibility of the HKSAR government.

Yang said he believes the HKSAR government will make proper arrangements with regard to when the legislation work will be activated based on actual situations.

He also stressed that Hong Kong independence is a violation of the law and absolutely will not be tolerated.

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