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Call for Beijing to work with Taiwan to reunify in 'Chinese-style' democracy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 July, 2013, 12:48pm

Former Taiwanese premier Hau Pei-tsun called on Beijing to abandon any threat of force against Taiwan and work with Taipei to reunify the two sides under a new "Chinese-style" democracy.

Hau told a lecture at City University in Hong Kong that the two steps were necessary to achieve "the Chinese dream", a phrase President Xi Jinping has used frequently to describe his vision for the country.

"The premise for democracy should be to stop the fighting between Chinese people and to end the era of political power that grows out of the barrel of a gun, which are key elements to realising 'the China dream'," Hau, 95, said during the Friday lecture.

The Kuomintang elder said Beijing could learn from Taiwan's experiences in implementing democracy since Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek died in 1975.

He noted Lee Teng-hui's peaceful succession to president following Chiang's son, Chiang Ching-kuo, in 1988.

"Taiwan started democratic reform to end one-party rule and lifted a press ban when the domestic economy was taking off in the 1980s," said Hau, suggesting that mainlanders would desire similar political reforms as their living standard improves.

Hau's participation in the second world war and the KMT's civil war against the Communist Party earned him the rank of five-star general. He was credited with successfully defending Quemoy island during a weeks-long bombardment by the People's Liberation Army.

He resigned as chief of the general staff of Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence in 1989, after Lee appointed him premier.

Hau said that cross-strait relations had improved greatly since the end of the cold war, decreasing the threat of military conflict. The much smaller Taiwanese military long ago gave up any hope of reconquering the mainland.

"The slogans of 'countering back the mainland' created by Chiang Kai-shek and 'liberating Taiwan' by Mao Zedong several decades ago should be forgotten because none of them could be put into practice," Hau said. "The future development of cross-strait relations should stick to 'no war, no independence and gradual unification'."

He proposed a "Chinese-style" alternative to Western-style democracy in which the number of political parties would be controlled.

"The [Chinese-style] democratic system couldn't allow too many political parities," he said.

"Only major parties with at least 20 per cent of public popularity would qualify to nominate candidates."


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@jayb: Any different than how China is anyways? At least people have some say rather than no say.
Any hope of democracy under the current Communist rule is ludicrous. If the Communist Party entered into a fray of election, it would lose so badly that it would be wiped out overnight. The idea of a Chinese Dream in which a truly democratic system that it is for the people, of the people and by the people only possible when the Communist Party is not in power.
so... two party system... like the american?
like Republicrat or Democan party?
like it doesn't matter what you vote, the power elite do their own thing?
how abt american style 2 parties system.. only KMT and CCP :)
"Only major parties with at least 20 per cent of public popularity would qualify to nominate candidates." Not a bad idea, so long as these parties are truly elected from local ground up support and not interfered with by the central government. Choice is power, but too much choice can be a hindrance.


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