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Taiwan candidates quickly shun China after Hong Kong protests

Even pro-Beijing hopefuls reject 'One country, two systems'

From left, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's presidential hopefuls angling for a nomination from the Kuomintang are breaking with the opposition party's traditionally pro-Beijing stance, as large-scale protests in Hong Kong have fueled wariness toward the mainland here.

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, who is seeking a Kuomintang nomination, is now trying to play down his ties to China's political and business circles. "One country, two systems' has failed in Hong Kong," Gou told reporters Sunday.

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