There is also no thought of changing the country’s sovereignty or territory, he said.
In a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom that drew the attention of many secession movements from around the world, 55% of those who voted in Scotland chose to remain part of the UK.
Independence-minded politicians and activists in Taiwan have shown particular interest in the referendum, something Taiwan has not been able to hold to decide its future because of pressure and opposition from China.
In the legislative question-and-answer session, the premier was pressed by legislator Lo Ming-tsai of the ruling Kuomintang on the government’s response if the people were to call for a referendum.
“There will be no independence referendum,” Jiang replied.
But he said that after the independence referendum in Scotland, several media have observed that other nations could begin new rounds of discussion on whether to use a referendum to deal with the independence issue.
An independence referendum in Taiwan would bring strong opposition from Beijing, which has legislated for war if Taiwan should declare formal independence.Source: Want China Times – No need for independence referendum in Taiwan, says premier
- Taipei’s strong message to Beijing: China has no place in making decisions affecting Taiwan (chinadailymail.com)
- Taiwan demonstrations continue: western media forgets (chinadailymail.com)
- Taiwan opposition party blocks China reciprocal offices (chinadailymail.com)
- Protesters over China Trade Pact Occupy Taiwan Government Building in Addition to Parliament (tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com)
- Taiwan’s Jiang could face international trial for using force on ‘Sunflower’ movement protesters; executive-legislative conflict indicates rising dictators (chinadailymail.com)
- Scotland referendum has no bearing on cross-strait ties: premier (wantchinatimes.com)
- Independence referendums troubling for China: commentary (wantchinatimes.com)
- What Does China Think of Scotland’s Referendum? (thediplomat.com)
- How much ‘love’ for Taiwan must one have to be a citizen? (chinapost.com.tw)
- Sinosphere Blog: Chinese React to Scotland’s Display of Self-Determination (sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com)
Categories: Politics & Law