(MENAFN) Taiwan, a self-governing island, is opposed to the "one country, two systems" solution put forth by Beijing, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry has reportedly told Reuters.
During a press conference on Thursday, Joanne Ou stated that the Chinese government was utilizing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial trip to Taipei as a “excuse to create a new normality to intimidate Taiwan's people.”
In a White Paper released on Wednesday, Beijing vowed to pursue peaceful unification using the guiding principle of "one country, two systems," but refused to rule out the use of force to take control of Taiwan. The concept, which previously allowed some autonomy to Hong Kong and Macau, could bring “a positive impact on the resolution of the Taiwan issue,” according to the document.
According to a spokesperson for Taiwan's Foreign Ministry, the island's authorities reject Beijing's proposal because only the Taiwanese people have the authority to decide what their future holds.
“China’s whole statement absolutely goes against the cross-strait status quo and its reality,” Ou was cited by The Defense Post as saying.
The ruling party in Taipei is accused of misrepresenting the idea of "one country, two systems" and of doing "everything possible to target the principle with baseless criticisms," according to Beijing's first White Paper on Taiwan since 2000. The idea has been hailed as a "resounding success" in Macau and Hong Kong, according to the paper.
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