Fears that Taiwanese political groups might jeopardise the 'one country, two systems' policy prompted the ban on political ties with the island, it is understood. A source close to the Chief Executive-designate's office said: 'We understand that some people have already suggested in Taiwan that they don't want the 'one country, two systems' policy to succeed. 'There is such a threat. When we say we need to avoid external political influence, we should also guard against that from Taiwan. 'For instance, there are different views in Taiwan on whether they want to have reunification,' the source said. However, the source could not explain why there was no similar ban on ties with the mainland. Another source said political groups would be able to receive donations from the Communist Party under the present proposal. The proposal did not imply Taiwan was not considered part of China. 'That's the political reality. If the public have a view on that, they can raise it,' said the source. Michael Suen said officials did not think Beijing would oppose the restriction. Chairman of the pro-Taiwan 123 Alliance, Yum Sin-ling, said any move seen as categorising Taiwan as a foreign country would speed up the independence movement on the island. Mr Yum, a legislator, said the paper would send a bad message to Taiwanese who wanted unification. The ban on Taiwan funds and ties was not consistent with central policy, he said. 'Mr Tung now creates two Chinas . . . he should consider Hong Kong, Taiwan and China as a whole when formulating policy. 'I expected Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' policy to set a good example to Taiwan, but Mr Tung's consultation paper has destroyed our dream,' he said. Ip Kwok-him of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said classifying Taiwan as a foreign country would confuse people. 'We think Hong Kong should set an example for Taiwan for its unification with China,' he said.