President Ma Ying-jeou expressed support for the democracy campaign in Hong Kong in a speech at Taiwan’s National Day Celebrations, and urged Beijing to adopt a system of democracy, reported SCMP News.
Ma may have his own dubious track record when it becomes to dealings with Beijing, especially on the economic front. But he was vocal in his support for democracy this time round.
While Ma acknowledged the fact that the democratic system was imperfect, he noted that it
encouraged dialogue and the resolution of issues.
“Thirty years ago, when Deng Xiaoping was pushing for reform and opening up in the mainland, he famously proposed letting some people get rich first.”
“So why couldn’t they do the same thing in Hong Kong, and let some people go democratic first?”
He also suggested in his speech that Taiwan would continue to guard its democracy and rule of law. Even for a rapidly developing economy like China, people would want more democracy and a greater rule of law as the country becomes more prosperous
“Such a desire has never been a monopoly of the West, but it is the right of all humankind.”