Fri, Jul 11, 2003 - Page 3 News List

DPP backs HK activists

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

The DPP yesterday voiced support for activists in Hong Kong protesting against Beijing's imposition of an anti-subversion law and dismissed China's "one country, two systems" formula as something Taiwanese people will never accept.

"Taiwanese people can identify with the pains and desperate urge of Hong Kong people to seek full democracy and to choose their own leader," Lee Ying-yuan (李應元), DPP deputy secretary-general, said yesterday in response to protests in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.

"All 23 million Taiwanese can be the backbone for Hong Kong people in their cause to gain freedom and democracy," Lee said.

A former political dissident and longtime democracy activist, Lee said Taiwan has had similar experiences as Hong Kong in struggling for democracy.

"Taiwan has come a long way in getting rid of the authoritarian rule of the KMT through a lot of important moves such as the abolishment of the notorious Article 100 of the Criminal Code. The article is analogous to the anti-subversion bill that Beijing is trying to impose on Hong Kong," Lee said.

"The direct election of the president in 1996 was an important sign of the burgeoning of Taiwan's democracy," he said.

Lee said that since coming to power, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) has been sending signals that his administration wants a break from his predecessor, Jiang Zemin (江澤民), and is even considering democratization within the Chinese Communist Party.

"We recognize these efforts by Hu and we hope China won't go against the trend of democracy by reining in Hong Kong's freedom," Lee said.

The "one country, two systems" formula practiced in Hong Kong has proven to be a failure and has revealed China's deception to the world, he said.

"Hong Kong used to be the pearl of the orient. But the pearl has lost its luster under `one country, two systems,'" Lee said.

He said such a formula would never be accepted by the people of Taiwan and urged pro-Beijing politicians in the country to beware of China's tricks.

"Taiwan and China are countries on each side of the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan is not a part of the People's Republic of China and Taiwan would reject any attempt to be denigrated into a second Hong Kong," Lee said.

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