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Why ‘one country, two systems’ will work in Taiwan

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04.01.2019

President Xi Jinping had barely finished his speech calling for mainland China’s reunification with Taiwan based on the “one country, two systems” formula when critics dismissed it out of hand. Chief among them was, predictably, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

They say: “It didn’t work in Hong Kong.” “Beijing will never keep its promise.” “The formula is no more than a sleight of hand, a confidence trick.”

Most such critics have their own agenda; many reject reunification. So naturally, no political formula or solution will ever work for them. But for those who are fair-minded or at least willing to give the idea the benefit of the doubt, it’s worth considering the conditions that will make the principle work well in Taiwan and why it has been such an uphill battle implementing it in........

© South China Morning Post