On Thursday, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister said it rejects the “one country, two systems” plan, which China suggested in a white paper published this week.
During a news conference in Taipei, the capital, ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou said only Taiwan’s people can decide its future.
China was using U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei as an “excuse to create a new normality to intimidate Taiwan’s people,” Ou added.
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published a white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday.
Beijing regularly publishes “white papers” on various issues to clarify its policy on the specific issue of the hour.
Beijing also pledges that as long as the sovereignty, security, and development interests of the People’s Republic of China are maintained, the island will be able to enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a Special Administrative Region, as well as the social order and lifestyle of Taiwanese citizens will be respected.
“To realize peaceful reunification, we must acknowledge that the mainland and Taiwan have their own distinct social systems and ideologies,” the white paper says.
The ‘one country, two systems principle is the most inclusive solution to this problem. It is an approach that is grounded in democratic principles, demonstrates goodwill, seeks peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question, and delivers mutual benefit. The differences in a social system are neither an obstacle to reunification nor a justification for secessionism,” it says.