- Title: Taiwan leader rejects China's "one country, two systems" offer
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: TSAI BEHIND PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN PRESIDENT, TSAI ING-WEN, SAYING: "The world is still changing fast, and the changes are even more dramatic. The US-China trade dispute continues. And not far from Taiwan, Hong Kong is on the verge of chaos due to the failure of "one country, two systems". Nevertheless, China is still threatening to impose its "one country, two systems model for Taiwan". Their diplomatic offensives and military coercion pose a serious challenge to regional stability and peace." CROWD LOOKING ON SOLDIERS IN FRONT OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN PRESIDENT, TSAI ING-WEN, SAYING: "The overwhelming consensus among Taiwan's 23 million people is our rejection of "one country, two systems", regardless of party affiliation or political position. The Republic of China has stood tall on Taiwan for over 70 years. But if we were to accept "one country, two systems", there would no longer be room for the Republic of China's existence. As President, standing up to protect national sovereignty is not a provocation, it is my fundamental responsibility." CAMERAMAN FILMING TSAI SPEAKING VARIOUS OF NATIONAL GUARD SHOWING MOTORCYCLE TRICKS BUBBLES FLOATING IN FRONT OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE PARADE DRIVING BY TSAI ING-WEN LOOKING ON AND WAVING PARADE DRIVING BY
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 06:59
- Keywords: Taiwan Hong Kong China one country two systems Tsai Ing-Wen national day
- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- City: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA005B0IIC7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Taiwan's president rejected on Thursday (October 10) a "one country, two systems" formula that Beijing has suggested could be used to unify the island and the mainland, saying such an arrangement had set Hong Kong "on the edge of disorder".
President Tsai Ing-wen also vowed in a National Day speech to defend Taiwan's sovereignty, saying her government would safeguard freedom and democracy as Beijing ramps up pressure on the self-ruled island it considers a wayward province.
China has proposed that Taiwan be brought under Chinese rule under a similar arrangement, but Tsai said Beijing's policies towards the island were a danger to regional stability.
Taiwan's National Day, marking the anniversary of the start of a 1911 uprising that led to the end of dynastic rule in China and the founding of a republic, was celebrated in Taipei with singing, dancing and parades.
(Production: Fabian Hamacher)
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