Taiwanese opposition to 'one country, two systems' grows: survey

8 out of 10 respondents disapprove of China's military threats against Taiwan


China's President Xi Jinping (CNA file photo)

The number of Taiwanese opposed the "one country, two systems" framework proposed by Beijing as a solution to cross-strait relations continues to grow, according to a latest survey commissioned by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

The opinion poll conducted on May 10-12 indicates that 83.6 percent of respondents oppose the "one country, two systems" proposal, which sees Taiwan as a local government and special administrative region of China. The figure was 79 percent in a similar survey in March.

Only 5.6 percent of respondents supported the formula and another 10.9 percent were undecided.

The survey, which was conducted using telephone interviews, had an effective sample size of 1,088 Taiwanese citizens above 20 years of age and a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.97 percentage points.

The survey also found 89.3 percent of respondents thought Taiwan's future and the development of cross-strait relations should be decided by the people of Taiwan, slightly higher than 87.7 percent in the previous poll; 4.2 percent thought otherwise, and 7.6 percent were undecided.

Eight out of 10 Taiwanese disapproved of China using military coercion and Beijing's continuous threat of force against Taiwan.

President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) guidelines to counter the "one country, two systems" proposal were well received by Taiwanese, with 72.8 percent of respondents expressing support; A total of 75.0 percent agreed that the government should continue to push for amendments to laws relating to national security and cross-strait relations, to complete a "democracy safety net" against China as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the survey showed 82.2 percent of Taiwanese are against Beijing's propaganda and infiltration of Taiwan. Efforts by Taiwan's government to defend the nation's sovereignty and democracy were supported by 78.5 percent of respondents.

The survey found 87.7 percent of respondents opposed Beijing's actions to prevent Taiwan from attending the World Health Assembly (WHA); 75.8 percent support the government's efforts to rally international support for Taiwan's international participation.

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, the survey found 81.2 percent of respondents disapproved of efforts by Beijing to influence the outcome of elections.