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Ex-AIT chair warns on political system

‘OPEN QUESTION’:Richard Bush said in Taipei that it remains to be seen whether Taiwanese would utilize their democratic system to fend off the advances of China

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Toward the end of his speech, Bush made mention of how the “one country, two systems” formula works in Hong Kong, saying that the approach “does keep certain outcomes off the agenda.”

“It [one country, two systems] is structured in a way that has made it impossible for a democratic party leader to become chief executive and for the democratic party to win a majority in the legislative council. And no one knows whether China would seek to apply that model to Taiwan in a unification scenario, but it’s an important point of reference,” Bush said.

In his concluding remarks, Bush said that Taiwan needs to improve its democratic system so that it better reflects the views of Taiwanese and is more responsive to the many challenges that society faces.

“I would like to say that political leaders need to work together to foster a better consensus on Taiwan’s core interests and how to protect them. As long as the political system remaines polarized and divided, that consensus cannot be built, and Taiwan cannot face the challenges of the cross-strait relations in an appropriate way,” Bush said.

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