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Taiwan Says It Won’t Compromise on Democracy After Musk Proposal

  • President strikes defiant tone in annual National Day speech
  • China backs Musk’s pitch for Taiwan to adopt Hong Kong model
Tsai Ing-wen during the National Day celebration in Taipei, on Oct. 1.
Tsai Ing-wen during the National Day celebration in Taipei, on Oct. 1.Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg
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Taiwan will not compromise on its sovereignty or democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said, hours after China hailed a proposal that the self-ruled island adopt a Hong Kong-style governance model.

“The Beijing authorities should not make any misjudgment on account of Taiwan’s vigorous democratic system,” Tsai said Monday during her annual National Day speech. “They must not mistake there is room for compromise in the Taiwanese people’s commitment to democracy and freedom.”