The title of a recently released CNN article is “ALARM in Hong Kong at Chinese white paper AFFIRMING BEIJING CONTROL” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/world/asia/hong-kong-beijing-two-systems-paper/).
“Pro-democracy Hong Kongers have reacted ANGRILY to a Chinese government white paper affirming Beijing’s “COMPREHENSIVE jurisdiction” over the territory, released days after more than 100,000 demonstrators gathered in the city calling for greater rights”. THIS IS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The 14,500-word document, which stresses that Hong Kong DOES NOT have “full autonomy” and comes under Beijing’s oversight, was released amid fierce debate between residents of the former British colony over impending electoral reform and the nature of the “ONE COUNTRY, two systems (?)” concept”. We’re increasingly seeing ONLY the “one country” part of “one country two systems”.
“Published by the State Council Information Office, the UNPRECEDENTED white paper states that “many WRONG views are currently rife in Hong Kong” with regard to the “one country, two systems” principle that governs the territory’s relationship with Beijing”. The RIGHT “view” of course is that China has the right to CONTROL EVERYTHING/EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE IN HONG KONG. THIS IS INDEED an “unprecedented” view.
“Some residents are “confused or LOPSIDED in their understanding” of the principle, it adds”. CHINA is “lopsided” here.
“The HIGH degree of autonomy of the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) is NOT FULL autonomy, nor a decentralized power”. “The HIGH degree of autonomy…IS NOT full autonomy”. Then, this “high degree of autonomy” is clearly NOT “high” enough. “It is the power to run LOCAL affairs AS AUTHORIZED BY the central leadership” and as we know “the central leadership” DOES NOT “authorize” much IF ANYTHING.
“Hong Kong lawmaker Alan Leong, leader of the pro-democracy Civic Party, said he was “COMPLETELY TAKEN ABACK by the document, which had SENT A SHIVER up (his) spine” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “It is A SEA CHANGE to our understanding of what ‘one country, two systems’ should be“, which is NOT a good thing.
“He argued that the notion that judicial decisions made in Hong Kong should take into account the needs of China was a new concept, and one that was “totally repugnant (distasteful objectionable or offensive) to our understanding of the rule of law as an institution which WE HOLD VERY DEAR TO OUR HEARTS. I am surprised that my country could go back on the promises and undertakings that had brought about such a SMOOTH (?) REVERSION to Chinese sovereignty“. By definition, “reversion” = GOING BACK. Whether or not this is “smooth” is open to INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Joseph Cheng, professor of political science at City University of Hong Kong, said the paper represented AN ATTEMPT BY (?) Beijing to shape the debate around electoral reform”. “I think this is part of A CAMPAIGN (?) to warn Hong Kong people that we accept the electoral system soon to be imposed on us, which probably will follow the proposal set out by pro-Beijing groups”. There are TWO things to note here. First, as we know, this is NOT REALLY “an attempt” because as we know Beijing IS ALREADY “(shaping) the debate around electoral reform” – they are DELAYING it. Secondly/On top of this, THERE’S NO NEED for Beijing to “campaign” about anything because again THEY ARE GETTING (basically) EVERYTHING THEY WANT ANYWAY.
“Cheng said the white paper’s main thrust was that, while Hong Kong ENJOYED A HIGH (?) DEGREE OF AUTONOMY, BEIJING was ULTIMATELY in control, with CHINA‘s interests and national security paramount”. “The main point is that whatever power Hong Kong has comes from THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT – NO MORE. The emphasis is on China’s STATE INTERESTS, China’s sovereignty, on ONE COUNTRY ahead of two systems”. The “two systems” component/part of “one country, two systems” has essentially been PUT ON THE BACK BURNER.
“Cheng said the paper had been met with “CONCERN, RESENTMENT (and) DISSATISFACTION“, again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). NO ONE in a FREE SOCIETY can be EXPECTED to be happy or content when a COMMUNIST country is JAMMING IDEAS DOWN THEIR THROATS. “resentment” or REVENGE is also a VERY DANGEROUS emotion. “WE ARE ALL CONCERNED that if Beijing chooses to DENY giving Hong Kong people a democratic electoral system, then the SAR (Special Administrative Region) government will be seen to be ILLEGITMATE” on an INTERNATIONAL scale, which is a HUGE issue, but again, China DOESN’T CARE & WILL STUBBORNLY CONTINUE TO DO WHATEVER IT WANTS , giving us an example of ARROGANCE, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“But Mo Pak-hung, an associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Department Of Economics, did not see a cause for alarm, saying Beijing was SENDING A SIGNAL that it intended to be INCREASINGLY INVOLVED in Hong Kong’s political evolution while supporting economic growth”, as if Beijing ISN’T “involved” enough already. This “signal” certainly ISN’T subtle. “It means that Hong Kong will be relatively stable politically and... (the) risk (to) the economy is REDUCED“.
“A January (2014) by the non-partisan Hong Kong Transition Project found 38% of Hong Kongers SUPPORTED Occupy Central’s proposed civil disobedience, while 54% OPPOSED it”. A SIGNIFICANT proportion STILL SUPPORT “Occupy Central”.
Finally, “China’s vice president (LI YUANCHAO) has warned that such a protest would be “unlawful” and would “WRECK THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY” of the city”, the CHINESE INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
To conclude, Beijing DOEN’T need to “affirm” its “control”. The STRANGLEHOLD that Beijing has on Hong Kong IS ALREADY STRONG ENOUGH. This has MANY people “alarmed” because we’re SUPPOSED TO BE moving TOWARDS UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE in 2017 Sadly, this DOES NOT seem to be the case. Hong Kong is INCREASINGLY becoming just another CHINESE city