100 years of autonomy?

Singapore, 18 January 1999

During a visit to Singapore, Mr. Lian Xisheng, a member of the Chinese Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) was so "generous" to promise Taiwan 100 years of autonomy if it accepts unification with China under the "one country, two systems" formula.

The statement is yet another example of the audacious, self-righteous arrogance of the Chinese in their relations with Taiwan. Why would Taiwan ever accept such fallacious "autonomy" if it can have autonomy forever by moving towards de jure independence?

The experience of Hong Kong shows that China's promises are but empty shells, which can disappear into thin air at a moment's notice when the rulers in Beijing decide that it is inconvenient for them to adhere to them. Does anyone in Hong Kong believe that elections for the Legislative Council can be fairly and squarely won by the Democrats ?

To add insult to injury, Mr. Lian of ARATS added in Singapore that under China's "one Country, two systems", Taiwan would have "...more international recognition and democratic reform." Does Mr. Lian seriously think that anyone in Taiwan believes him ?

This statement comes from a representative of a regime, which has left no stone unturned in its attempts to prevent international recognition of Taiwan by the international community.

This statement comes from a representative of an extremely repressive government, which has locked up anyone who dared to question the one-party dictatorship of the Communist Party.

We urge China to renounce the use of force and accept Taiwan as a friendly neighboring state instead of perpetuating the hostility and rivalry dating from the Chinese Civil War which they fought against the Kuomintang five decades ago. We Taiwanese never had any part in that Civil War and do not want our future as a free, democratic, and independent country to be a hostage to that Civil War.

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