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Taiwan’s New Power Party Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, at far right, and lawmaker from his party Kawlo Iyun Pacidal, second from left, were joined in by Hong Kong legislators Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, center, and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, second from right, on June 12 in Taipei. (Photo by Kensaku Ihara)

Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong is alienating Taiwan

'One country, two systems' was aimed at the island; now it has little appeal

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei deputy editor, and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- The governing principle of Hong Kong, summed up in the phrase "one country, two systems," was originally proposed by China to persuade Taiwan to accept rule by the mainland. Hong Kong was supposed to show how this creative principle would work in practice.

But after two decades, the experiment has effectively been called off. And as Beijing tightens its grip on the former British colony, people in Taiwan increasingly see themselves as separate from the Chinese. Now like-minded people in Hong Kong are feeling similarly alienated. 

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