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Taiwan’s voters couldn’t ignore protests in Hong Kong

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14.01.2020

"Over the past few years, China's diplomatic offensives, military coercion, interference and infiltration have continued unabated," said Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on New Year's Day, as the Jan. 11th election neared. "China's objective is clear: to force Taiwan to compromise our sovereignty." But every leader of her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has always said that.

"Moreover, at the beginning of last year, China's President Xi Jinping proposed the one country, two systems model for Taiwan," Tsai continued, as though it were some new horror. But every leader of Communist China since Deng Xiao-ping has promoted the one-country, two-system model. What's new here?

What's new is that a year ago, Tsai Ing-wen was universally seen as doomed to lose Saturday's election, but now she's won it hands down — and the reason is that Hong Kong, the territory for which the one-country-two-systems formula was originally invented, has been engulfed by chaotic and increasingly violent protests against Beijing for the past seven months.

The protests are driven by the belief of most Hong Kongers that the mainland Chinese regime is cheating on that sacred formula. When Britain returned its Hong Kong colony to Beijing's rule in 1997,........

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