TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hong Kong sentenced eight leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy demonstrations to prison on Wednesday, April 24, which prompted Taiwan presidential candidate William Lai (賴清德) to make a statement on Facebook rejecting China’s proposal of “One Country, Two Systems.”
On Wednesday evening, Lai made a post recognizing that there are no “two systems” for the people of Hong Kong, only “One Country.” According to Lai, China’s influence and manipulation of Hong Kong’s laws prove to the world that the “One Country, Two Systems” is no different from the “One China Principle.”
“One country, two systems means the annexation of Taiwan,” said the former Premier.
In the Facebook post, Lai shared his belief that democracy is the "spiritual sustenance" of the Taiwanese people, and that democractic principles are part of their "natural DNA." Earlier this week Lai, who is known for his staunch defense of Taiwanese independence, declared that Taiwan must not become a second Hong Kong.
Lai is currently challenging incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for the nomination of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Lai currently leads in polls, following a brief lead by Tsai earlier this week.
William Lai continues to call for a fair and transparent DPP primary process. Lai says that he hopes to set a new democratic precedent with the DPP primary, and “recall the founding spirit of the party” with his presidential campaign.
The DPP primary has been delayed until late May, with a decision on the party’s nominee expected after May 22.