The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Hong Kong’s democracy ‘referendum‘ likely to RILE China’s ommunists” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/18/us-hongkong-vote-idUSKBN0ET2YB20140618).
“Hong Kong holds a controversial “referendum” on democracy on Friday (June 20, 2014), a prelude to an escalating campaign of dissent that could shut down the former British colony’s financial district and further ANGER China’s Communist Party leaders”. The question is NOT what “angers China’s Communist Party”. Instead, It is what DOESN’T “anger China’s Communist Party?” Almost NOTHING.
“An AFFLUENT city of seven million that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, Hong Kong’s longstanding push for full democracy is reaching what could be BOILING point with tens of thousands expected to vote in the unofficial referendum for full democracy from Friday (June 20, 2014) until Sunday (June 22, 2014)”. As we know “boiling point” is DANGEROUS.
“While Beijing has allowed Hong Kong to go ahead with a popular vote for the city’s top leader (Chief Executive) in 2017, the most far-reaching experiment in democracy in China since the Communist takeover in 1949, senior Chinese officials have RULED OUT allowing the public to nominate candidates” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Instead, Beijing insists a small committee of largely PRO-BEIJING loyalists choose who gets on the ballot, which would effectively render the ability to vote MEANINGLESS” which is EXACTLY WHAT CHINA WANTS.
“One of the founders of the Occupy Central protest movement, academic Benny Tai, hopes that its June 20-22 (2014) referendum will draw up to 300,000 people to strengthen the legitimacy of the group’s demands for a FAIR and REPRESENTATIVE (?) election in 2017 that would include opposition Democrats”. There are TWO things to note here. First what exactly is “fair and representative?” This is open to INTERPRETATIONS(Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Secondly, Benny Tai is an associate LAW professor at THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (Web-site/URL: http://www.law.hku.hk/faculty/staff/tai_benny.php).
“But a cyber-attack this week crippled the online voting system, meaning the organizers may have to rely on the results from 15 voting stations to be set up on Sunday (June 22, 2014) instead if it is not fixed by then”. This “cyber attack” was surely orchestrated by CHINA LOYALISTS.
More specifically, Tai said: “AS I SEE IT, we are under such serious attack it shows exactly that Beijing is TAKING US SERIOUSLY“. “As I see it” is the latest INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “We are using the CIVIL (?) referendum to TELL Beijing what is our BASELINE , that is TRUE democracy must be something allowing electors to have GENUINE CHOICES“. There are TWO things to note here. First Hong Kong DOESN’T define the “baseline”; CHINA does. On top of this China has made it very clear that they will NOT allow Hong Kong to have “genuine choices”.
“Rita Fan, a senior Hong Kong delegate to China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, said the Occupy protests would hurt Hong Kong and stoke Beijing’s MISTRUST of the city“. “I understand from listening to various people who are officials from the mainland that they DO NOT wish to see this happen, but they are NOT afraid IF it happens“. Fan is one of these “officials from the mainland” because Fan herself is A CHINA LOYALIST (just look at her record as LegCo President). “It only HURTS Hong Kong… If the Hong Kong police force is unable to contain the situation, then the international ratings agencies may consider that Hong Kong is politically NOT stable and that may affect our rating“. “politically not stable” is obviously NOT good.
According to Hong Kong-based risk consultancy, Steve Vickers and Associates, “Disorder that is too intense for the Hong Kong police to handle could justify deployment of THE PLA to RESTORE STABILITY. Such a scenario is unlikely, but would present a MAJOR threat to businesses and to Hong Kong’s AUTONOMY and reputation“. BINGO. “the PLA (presents) a MAJOR threat” to Hong Kong IN GENERAL.
Finally, “Retired Chinese diplomat Zhou Nan said in June that “we COULD NOT allow Hong Kong to turn into a base to SUBVERT China’s socialist regime UNDER THE GUISE OF democracy“. This is yet more evidence that China is DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) and obsessed with ANTI-“subversion”.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Hong Kong’s democracy ‘referendum’ likely to rile China’s communists”. The question is NOT what “riles China”. The question is: what DOESN’T “rile China?” The answer to that question is: NOTHING because (almost) EVERYTHING “riles China”.