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Ma ignoring HK at Taiwan’s peril

By John Lim 林泉忠

Hong Kong was also the original template China used to test how to use its economic clout to impose itself on the territory’s politics and it is now applying a similar method to Taiwan. This is one of the main reasons for the emergence of the Sunflower movement against the government’s handling of the cross-strait service trade agreement.

It is undoubtedly true that Taiwan and Hong Kong are different, but the latter represents a kind of security screen for the former and if it falters, the pressure on the nation will be ratcheted up considerably.

This is why the Ma administration should take more of an interest in how things develop in Hong Kong and become more engaged with issues concerning its democratization, including the push for universal suffrage.

John Lim is an associate research fellow in the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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