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Hong Kong Protests: The View From Taiwan

• James X. Morris-The Diplomat

Hong Kong's massive protests could be a bellwether for Taiwan's 2020 presidential election. The two democracies in Beijing's shadow  Hong Kong and Taiwan have a recent history of impacting the other's civil society. Both protests in 2014 captured the news in Taiwan: Taiwan could be the model for Hong Kong, while Hong Kong served as a warning against the "one country, two systems" model Beijing was attempting to entice Taiwan with. Taiwan's incumbent president, Tsai Ing-wen, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issued a statement about the protests on her Twitter account Sunday: We stand with all freedom-loving people of HongKong. In their faces, we see the longing for freedom, & are reminded that Taiwan's hard-earned democracy must be guarded & renewed by every generation. As long as I'm President, "one country, two systems" will never be an option.

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