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Taiwan recognizes Hong Kong's fight for democracy: premier

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's government is happy to see any social movement pushing for greater democracy, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday when commenting on Hong Kong's democracy movement.
Taiwan will keep a close eye on how the situation unfolds as people in Hong Kong campaign for the right to freely choose their next leader in 2017, the premier said when questioned by Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Lai Chen-chang about his opinion on the issue. On Aug. 31, China's National People's Congress announced that Hong Kong will hold a popular vote for its chief executive from candidates who will be named by a "nomination committee" and who must be "patriotic" and love Hong Kong. The NPC decision provoked widespread protests in Hong Kong, whose citizens complained that Beijing was not giving them free reign to choose their own leader. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, the country's top China policy planner, responded with a statement of "regret" over Beijing's decision to restrict the right of Hong Kong's people to nominate candidates for the chief executive election. During Friday's session, Jiang also refused to compare the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Hong Kong, reiterating Taiwan's sovereignty and describing it as an advantage Hong Kong does not have when dealing with Beijing. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-10-18 06:02 GMT+08:00