Taiwan Foreign Minister rejects ‘One Country, Two Systems’

The formula is not a sign of goodwill: Wu

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Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - China might think the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ formula is a sign of goodwill toward Taiwan, but opinion on the island would disagree, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Saturday.

Taiwan’s top diplomat was responding to comments this week by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) emphasizing the ‘One China’ principle and Beijing’s determination to continue and pursue Taiwan’s unification.

Wu hinted that goodwill would be better expressed by China stopping to ‘harass’ Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported. Especially over the past year, Beijing has stepped up its campaign against the island, threatening multinational corporations which mentioned Taiwan as separate from China.

At another recent event, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) told Overseas Taiwanese not to believe in China’s measures supposedly favoring Taiwanese business people, students and residents. The so-called incentives formed part of China’s usual attempts at covering up its intentions, Chen reportedly said.