Hong Kong is not China

China certainly wishes it. Hong Kong certainly does not. So China now seems bent on kicking Hong Kong into the proper communist satellite mould.

But the simple fact is, that Hong Kong is not China. For a start, its history differs from China. It lived through decades of a kind of western democracy.

Not that a government like the Chinese one cares. How Chinese states or occupied territories should act and behave, is pretty clear from what happened and continues to happen in Tibet. Too bad and sad Tibet is not sitting on an oil-well, or the world might care more about what goes on there.

Hong Kong differs. The former British colony is supposed to have some rights, like not-that-fixed elections, a sort of independent parliament, a kind of independent legal system. Of course, once the Brits were forced to leave, the Chinese government ensured plenty of its marionettes were put into various key-positions.

But this week, the Chinese government has gone several steps further in its attempt to control Hong Kong and bring it to heel. Two independent, pro-democracy and legally elected politicians –  Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching – were barred from taking up roles a majority of Hong Kong voters elected them for.  Simple: the Chinese Government reinterpreted basic laws. This in turn led to peaceful and very dignified Hong Kong protests.

Of course, official communist media in Hong Kong and China bleat the Chinese Government has every right to stamp out what are dubbed separatist movements and representatives, or stamp out any show of independent thinking and acting. Thinking and acting is of course a major threat to any totalitarian regime.

Lu Kang, some Chinese foreign ministry’s official, actually went so far as to threaten the British government. He demanded it should ” … be cautious with its words and deeds, to refrain from interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and to offer no support to Hong Kong independence forces”. Though there is no proof whatsoever the British government is interfering or being supportive.

Is such an attitude and the Chinese Government’s uncompromising stance wise?
After all, by now it has become pretty clear the world over, that communism is a farce.
It simply does not work. It is just another dictatorial system used by a small privileged elite, willing to exploit whatever people and natural wealth they control.

Would it not be wiser to keep Hong Kong on a fairly loose lease and see what profits and gains this brings the rest of China? Instead of heading for trouble and worse? For the reality is, that Hong Kong simply is not China and trying to beat it into a mould it does not fit, may end in tragedy – and not just for Hong Kong.

Guardian: Hong Kong demonstration
Human rights in Tibet


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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