Ko Wen-je
Ko Wen-je

China’s Xi has proposed a unification formula which is famously known as “one country, two systems” formula. Now, the Taipei Mayor has commented on this formula. But in his comments, the Taipei Mayor says that his stance is clear regarding Xi’s formula. He says that Taiwan should remain silent on the topic of “one country, two systems”.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen in Taiwan as a presidential hopeful. He said that “it would be best to not say anything”. This comes after Ko criticized the President Tsai Ing-wen for the policy on May 15 which he feels is “provocative”. Ko’s comments have come at a time when the discussions regarding “one country, two systems” have formed a vicious circle that is unmanageable.

Earlier this year, President Tsai said that “Taiwan will never accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula, and the vast majority of Taiwan’s people are firmly opposed to the approach designed by Beijing”. Talking to the reports, President Tsai seemingly rejected Ko’s comments on remaining silent. Tsai said that it is important Taiwan remains clear on topics that concern interests of Taiwanese people.

She added that it is equally important to avoid misjudgments and misunderstanding by China as well as members of the international community. Tsai said that she feels Ko might prefer to ignore such topics. However, as a president, she represents the country and has to be clear about what people of Taiwan accept and not.

Chen Ming-chi, vice chairman of Mainland Affairs Council in Taiwan also said that most of the Taiwanese people do not agree with China’s “one country, two systems” formula. Talking about Ko, he said during a recent trip to Japan that he is “preparing” to run Taiwan’s 2020 presidential race. Having said that, he added that he has not made a final decision regarding the presidential run yet.

Special thanks to PRC Leader as well for their detailed coverage.

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