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Taiwan: Hong Kong is proud, envious of Taiwan democracy: CNA president

Taiwan: Hong Kong is proud, envious of Taiwan democracy: CNA president

Lo Chih-cheng, former director of the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center in Hong Hong, on Monday described the special administrative region of China as the best place for Taiwan to advertise its soft power.

It is because the Chinese people living on the former British colony see a mature democracy in Taiwan, said Lo during a meeting at the Presidential Office to debrief on his 14-month-long posting to Hong Kong.

Lo left his position last month, and now serves as the president of the Central News Agency, Taiwan's national news agency.

Lo said that Taiwan's mature democracy has touched the heart of Hong Kong.

He recalled that during Taiwan's municipal mayoral and city council elections last year, the editor-in-chief of a Hong Kong journal had called him at midnight, telling him emotionally that their journalists stationed in Taiwan and members of a Chinese election observation group were shedding tears at hotel rooms because they were proud of how democracy was carried out in Taiwan.

They were all deeply touched by the maturity of elections that was demonstrated here, and saying that such a democracy is rarely seen in Chinese society, Lo said.