Taiwan will not accept Beijing’s offer of “one country, two systems,” Taiwanese Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday.

Taiwan“The Republic of China (Taiwan) has never accepted the ‘[one] country, two systems’ offer,” Jiang told lawmakers at a legislative meeting.

According to Central News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping brushed off an old formula to define how China intends to deal with “the Taiwan issue,” reiterating that Beijing would have no tolerance for Taiwan independence.

China has claimed sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan since 1949, when Nationalists fled to the island after losing the Chinese civil war.

“Peaceful unification and one country, two systems are our guiding principles in solving the Taiwan issue,” said Xi during a meeting with a Taiwanese delegation led by pro-unification New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming.

Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan’s Minister for the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said at the legislative meeting that Xi’s comments reflect Beijing’s long-term guiding principles.

“However, this is the first time for Xi to highlight them,” Wang said.

“We certainly don’t agree with them,” he added.

Wang said he would express Taiwan’s stance at an “appropriate” occasion after Kuan Bi-ling, an opposition lawmaker of the Democratic Progressive Party, asked Wang to clearly communicate Taiwan’s concerns to Beijing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing in November.

The council said in a Friday statement that Taiwan maintains the status quo across the Taiwan Strait based on its “three noes” policy: “no unification, no independence and no use of force.”

 
GNA

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