Taiwan People First Party Chairman supports 'one country, two systems': Chinese media

The Mainland Affairs Council asked James Soong to clarify the Xinhua News report

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People First Party Chairman James Soong.

People First Party Chairman James Soong. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on Chairman of the People First Party (PFP) James Soong (宋楚瑜) to clarify a report from Xinhua News Agency that quotes him advocating “one country, two systems.”

The Chinese state-run news agency wrote that Soong expressed support for the “one country, two systems” arrangement proposed by President Xi Jinping that upholds the “1992 Consensus” and opposes Taiwanese independence.

The report paraphrased Soong as saying the “two systems” Taiwan plan shows that Xi cares about the opinions of the Taiwanese people. It stated he “wholly agrees” with a “two systems” arrangement, and supports “democratic negotiations” between Beijing and political parties and social groups from all walks of life in Taiwan.

“There is nothing that cannot be resolved by sitting and talking,” it quoted the PFP leader. “I hope that the people of Taiwan can understand the sincerity and goodwill of the mainland, and that the mainland can understand the wishes of the Taiwanese people.”

The MAC in a news bulletin today (Tuesday, April 20) said it is common for Chinese Communist Party media to surreptitiously distort and disseminate misinformation. The MAC suggested Soong clarifies what he said.

Soong made his way across the Taiwan Strait on April 15, visiting Hong Kong, Macao, and China’s Guangdong Province among other places. He entered the Hong Kong and Macau Liaison Offices, according to the Central News Agency, something Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) received heavy criticism for during his trip to China in March.

The MAC reiterated today that the people of Taiwan resolutely reject “one country, two systems” and the “1992 Consensus.” The goal of “Xi’s five principles” is to destroy the Republic of China, it said.

“Sovereignty is not a gambling chip, democracy cannot be traded away,” it said. Any Taiwanese political figure that visits China should uphold the interests and well-being of Taiwan’s 23 million people, and truthfully reflect the public will.