MAC denounce ‘One country, two systems’

People walk by the deserted Taiwan's Alishan Square, a commercial area set up by Taiwanese government near Qianmen Street in Beijing, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. China is reasserting its hard line on Taiwan following Panama's switching of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Spokesman for the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office Ma Xiaoguang told reporters Wednesday that there could be no deviation from Beijing's insistence that Taiwan recognize it's part of China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

TAIPEI (CNA) — China’s “One country, two systems” formula has long been a failed policy and is never going to work, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Jan. 18.

The statement was a response to comments made by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi (劉結一) Thursday, in which he called the “One country, two systems” formula the best arrangement for national reunification.

MAC characterized Liu’s statement as being full of “deception and lies,” adding that asking Taiwan to accept the formula is like asking a tiger for its hide.

China’s one-party dictatorship does not promote democratic and civilized ideas, nor foster accountable governance and institutions, MAC said.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) cannot be trusted, and the “One country, two systems” formula ensures no democratic freedoms, the statement added.

Moreover, Taiwan’s constitutional system does not allow the implementation of “One country, two systems,” MAC noted.

The formula aims to undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty and democratic institutions, the statement said.

The statement also noted that polls in Taiwan consistently show that more than 80 percent of Taiwanese reject the formula.

In addition, China’s political and social system is rigid and full of defects making it unable to integrate with a democratic system, added MAC.

Finally, the statement reiterated that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country and as such democracy and freedom are core values Taiwanese society holds dear and will fight to keep.

“We have already seen the deception of the CPC and will never accept the ‘One country, two systems’ formula,” MAC said.

“The international community is also aware of China’s attempts to alter the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” the statement said.

By Miao Zong-han and Chung Yu-chen