Hong Kong’s struggle for autonomy

hongkongThe student-led demonstration in Hong Kong (HK) which has attracted even the older people, both professional and ordinary, is showing the world that they, too, do not want to be bullied by China.

The demonstrators have shown their strength in numbers as they have taken over the streets protesting China’s refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.

While China considers HK as one of its prized provinces – a jewel of a province, in fact – the Hong Kongers, however, sees themselves, since time immemorial, as one of the two SAR (Special Administrative Regions) of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Macau, with much more autonomy in its executive, legislative, financial, immigration, educational governance.

But, China sees it differently as it wants to make sure that the political landscape governing HK is also to their liking and control.

The discontent and distrust in the way China is handling HK is now resulting to the biggest rally by pro-democracy activists and is seen to be plunging the economic hub into its worst political crisis since the 1997 handover.

Main reason here is that, while it is true that the HK leadership is elected by a pro-Beijing committee, China, however, has promised to let all HK citizens elect their next leader in 2017.

But the way it looks, the promise is not the kind of democratic process the people of HK were expecting since only two or three candidates, who have been vetted by a nominating committee, will be allowed to stand.

Pro-democracy activists call the arrangement “fake democracy”. Of course Beijing will not be foolish enough to put up a candidate that is perceived to be critical of the Communist Party.

Against Beijing, I don’t really think the HK demonstration will make much of a difference in what the leaders in the mainland want.

Suffice to say that Beijing will not take this strong dissension/opposition by HKongers passively.

Someone has to give in and, surely, it will not be Beijing.

Like they say, tough luck for HK, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

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