- Title: Taiwan leader rejects China's "one country, two systems" offer
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: TAIWAN FLAG FLYING TAIWAN FLAG HANGING FROM HELICOPTER
- 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: LVA002B0IIC7B
- 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.
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