Freedom ‘disappeared’, Taiwan says on Hong Kong’s birthday

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Freedom in Hong Kong has “disappeared” and China has not kept its promises of 50 years without change, Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to rule. Chinese.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong to swear in its new leader, former security chief John Lee, who is sanctioned by the United States for his role in implementing a national security law in the country.

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Most people in Taiwan, claimed by the Chinese, have shown no interest in being ruled by Beijing, and the government has repeatedly rejected China’s offer of “one country, two systems” to rule the island, like Hong Kong and Macau.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei, Su said promises that life would continue as normal for Hong Kong after the transfer was not kept.

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“It’s only been 25 years, and in the past the promise was 50 years without change. The ‘dancing will go on and the horses will still run’ has disappeared, and even freedom and democracy have disappeared,” he added, referring to an expression by Kong about how life would not change under Chinese rule.

“We also know that we must maintain Taiwan’s sovereignty, freedom and democracy,” Su added. “China’s so-called ‘one country, two systems’ just didn’t stand the test.”

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong, followed by crackdowns and tough national security law enforcement, were widely condemned in democratic Taiwan. Beijing and the Hong Kong government say the law was necessary to restore stability to the city.

Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees broad autonomy and judicial independence not seen in mainland China.

Critics of the government, including Western nations, accuse the authorities of trampling on those freedoms, which Beijing and Hong Kong reject.

China has been intensifying its military and political pressure for Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan government says only the people of the island can decide their future.

Source: CNN Brasil

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