China's long game of winning over young Taiwanese shows signs of success

The 'one country, two systems' model continues to be rebuffed, but Beijing's long game of winning over young Taiwanese with jobs and a better future shows signs of success.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed reunification between the mainland and Taiwan under the "one country, two systems" formula at the beginning of the year, he was rejected not just by the island's independence-leaning government but also by the China-friendly opposition party Kuomintang (KMT).

As the KMT noted in its response: "At this stage, it would be difficult for 'one country, two systems' to be supported by the majority of Taiwan's public."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'China's courtship of Taiwan'. Subscribe