Saturday, October 04, 2014

[Opinion] A Consequence of the Death of One Country, Two Systems

The Chinese novel Three Kingdoms begins with the sentences:

"The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been."

China has been fragmented since the revolution of 1911.

After a century of division, many Chinese long to see the unification of China.

With the return of Hong Kong in 1997 and Macau in 1999, the only division left is between mainland China and Taiwan.

When Deng Xiaoping designed the "One Country, Two Systems" model, it serves not only Hong Kong and Macau but also as an example to the people of Taiwan for unification.

The present policy of the central government in Beijing towards Hong Kong signals the death of the One Country, Two Systems model.

With the death of the One Country, Two Systems model, we might not see the peaceful unification of China and Taiwan within our lifetimes.