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Beijing has a GREAT story to tell regarding HKG!
THESE ARE ONLY MY OPINIONS, based upon my observations.|
1. Democracy....When has HKG ever had a Democracy? Certainly NOT while the British were 'ruling' over it. I believe you when you say that the polls show that the majority "wants" a democracy, but I think what isn't polled is equally (or more) important. Such as, what price are HKG citizens willing to pay for that democracy. You didn't think that it was free, did you?
2. Civil Liberties...Let's see, the government proposes Article 23 which upsets many citizens...many of the citizens freely protest....the government withdraws the proposal. Civil Liberties? CHECK (as in YES, the citizens of HKG have them).
3. Donald Tsang....the people 'love' him...finally a true professional....a 'known' quantity after having so faithfully served the people of HKG for so many years. Only now, all of a sudden, he's changed (not likely). The fact that Beijing supports him is reason enough for some in HKG to (now) NOT like him. Such a pity. He either is, or isn't the professional that he was made out to be. Which is it?
4. Long Hair....what can I say (that is positive and nice)? I know, his heart is in the right place. I'd also tell him that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Overall, I give Beijing an A+ in their 'handling' of HKG. I know, that's the best score possible. Here's why:
Beijing has done EVERYTHING that it promised to do with HKG, and then some - kind of like "One Country, Two Systems PLUS". CEPA would be one of the plusses. Allowing individual (not just tour groups) from the mainland would be another. In other words, they're doing everything that they can to integrate HKG fully into China, while still respecting HKG's 'other' system.
It's disingenuous of some of HKG's citizens to now demand that HKG become a democracy TODAY. THAT artificial deadline was never in the original agreement between Beijing and the HKG people (as represented by their government at the time - Britain).
My biggest criticism is that Beijing isn't doing a better job of telling the world how honorable they have been in their dealings with HKG. Thanks for giving me the chance to do so.