Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Setting an Example
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council had its regular media briefing today.
And the spokesman, Yang Yi used the opportunity to urge Taiwan to follow Hong Kong's footsteps and return to the mainland.
"With the successful practice of 'One Country, Two Systems' in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, more and more Taiwanese compatriots will identify and understand 'One Country, Two Systems," he said. This concept will be conducive to a peaceful reunification of the country, the smartly-dressed Yang added.
As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the former British enclave's return to the mainland, the Chinese official was keen to show the Taiwanese that the HKSAR has a "high degree of autonomy".
With more direct chartered flights between Taiwan and China, and closer economic links, it'll be interesting to see who wins when it comes to political rhetoric. And with the upcoming Taiwanese elections, it's anybody's guess how the next leader will shape the island's next chess move.