Some of you may have heard that the conflicts between Hong Kongers and Chinese (mainland Chinese) are escalating day by day. This is a massive topic. There are numerous reasons for this intensive conflict, and I wish I could list them all out. I will try to post them as detailed as I could, hopefully very soon.
Netizens from Hong Kong and China debate, often argue, over who provides more to the other – mainly on the economic benefits. Often, Chinese would accuse Hong Kongers for not being grateful about what China has been doing for Hong Kong. One famous (or infamous?) line Chinese often say is “without China’s help, Hong Kong would have died long time ago”.
Many believe that without Guangdong’s water supply, Hong Kong will not be able to survive. Hong Kong buying water from Guangdong is a pure economic transaction. It is, however, unfair:
(1) the price Hong Kong pay for the water from Guangdong is extremely high
(2) Hong Kong has no right to reduce the purchase quantity (there’s a minimum quantity per year)
Let’s see if Hong Kong would really die without the Guangdong water, just like what many Chinese (unfortunately, many Hong Kongers too) believe!
In 2011, average water usage per day in Hong Kong; 2.53 million cubic meter square – meaning average annual water usage is 9.2335 million cubic meter square
– Total reservoirs capacity is 586.05 million cubic meter square
Looking at the numbers, if Guangdong terminates the water purchase agreement, Hong Kong has around six to nine months worth of water reserve to plan the next step.