The Oct. 15 editorial “A square deal in Hong Kong” said Beijing “has thrown away the possibility of fully implementing the ‘one country, two systems’ model promised by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping — an achievement that not only would allow Hong Kong to flourish but also provide pro-unification forces in Taiwan with a powerful argument.”

One country, two systems” has no traction in Taiwan whatsoever. Even pro-China President Ma Ying-jeou has stated that Taiwan does not accept “one country, two systems.”

However, Hong Kong does provide a model for Taiwan in the other direction: The repressive and undemocratic moves by Beijing showed the people of Taiwan what would happen if they were to move too closely to China. The recent developments are a clear indication to Taiwan that rapprochement with Beijing on the basis of the current policies would be detrimental to the hard-won freedom and democracy in that country.

Gerrit van der Wees, Washington

The writer is editor of Taiwan Communiqué, a publication of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.