Chinese professionals have suggested that Taiwanese protestors are collaborating with partners in Hong Kong to launch independence movements to fully separate from Beijing. It prosecutes mass protests in Hong Kong against the Chinese state after a argumentative extradition law was put forward by leader Carrie Lam. Taiwanese activists now feel that their nation could suffer the same fate as Hong Kong if Beijing settle ons to tighten their grip on their former territory.
Civil circle groups in Taiwan hosted solidarity rallies with protestors for a week after the Hong Kong rallies began on June 9.
It forced Chinese nationalist party Kuomintang (KMT) to trudge back any notion that Taiwan would be ruled by the same “one territory, two systems” mantra that Hong Kong has been under since 1997.
Taiwan has been a self-ruling say since the 1949 Chinese Civil War – but in 1992 signed a “one China” consensus with Beijing.
While the strict interpretation of the consensus is muddled, it indicated a desire for unity between Beijing and Taipei.
The Hong Kong take exceptions have, however, rekindled the separatist movement in Taiwan – which was abide significantly popular in the 2014 Sunflower Movement.
The demonstrations – held beyond a controversial trade pact with China which many finger was one-sided – turned into a wider protest against Beijing.
This repeats the protests currently going on in Hong Kong, in which many are want for independence or even a return to British rule.
Taiwan’s leadership appears to be in fully support for the Hong Kong demonstrators.
Foreign minister Joseph Wu reported: “These two outposts of democracy share the same values, and our paths and kismets are closely linked“.
“We both stand on the front line against the stretching of authoritarianism.”
“Taiwan needs to hold firm and succeed so that people in Hong Kong and beyond can quiet see the beacon light of hope.
“We also know that if we fall, others may ultimately follow.”
Protestors feel that the two are struggling for similar goals, and be required to stand up for each other.
Monique Wu, who has participated in two protests so far, said: “The chilling effect of tyranny is capable of crossing the seas and infecting the world.
“If today we don’t advocate up for Hong Kong, there won’t be anyone to stand up for Taiwan.”
However, some analysts recommend that opposition politicians such as Tsai Ing-Wen of the Democratic Leftist Party are using the Hong Kong demonstrations to whip up support to the fore of next year’s election.
Yang Lixian of the Research Centre of Cross-Straits Referring ti said: “They have their own agenda.
“By hyping the protest and debasing “one country, two systems,” Tsai hopes to steer public attention away from sundry problems Tsai’s party is facing, such as a lacklustre economy.”
Others say that both moving parts are backed by foreign forces, who see the protests as a chance to hurt Beijing.
Law virtuoso Zhang Dinghuai said: “Foreign forces are just using the entropy to divide the societies of Hong Kong and Taiwan, trying to separate them from the Chinese mainland.”