People want democracy in Hong Kong? Simple answer is: as long as China continues to have sovereignty over Hong Kong, that’s impossible.
During an interview with Bloomberg, CY Leung basically admitted that China controls the way what “democratic election” is about:
Increased democracy in Hong Kong may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people
One Country Two System? A complete utter LIE from day one!
Put it quite simply: how could a communist dictatorship govern a city-state that’s semi-democratic (part of the legislature is elected by the people) and practices capitalism? Hong Kong courts practice Common Law, and all are innocent until proven guilty, and China is completely the opposite (guilty until proven innocent); education system: completely different; lifestyle: completely different; culture: share some similarities but not quite; etc.
Why did the Brits agreed to hand Hong Kong over to China is still a mystery. China never owned Hong Kong to start with! It was the Qing (translation from Chinese: Great Qing Country) who owned Hong Kong (HK Island and Kowloon Peninsular), which was ceded to England perceptually. The New Territories were leased to the Brits for 99 years (I hate keep repeating myself, but once again 99 years in Chinese language is the equivalent of eternity). If the Brits wanted to “hand Hong Kong back” to a country, they really should have gone to Taiwan which holds the treaties about the above because Kuomintang was the one that overthrew Qing.
In any case, the Brits should have known better that Chinese cannot be trusted (Hong Kongers aren’t Chinese – Chinese is a concept/term that is so vague which covers a lot of things the Western world refer to, which is a massive topic). They must have seen the impossibility of this “One-Country-Two-System” crap. What were the Old China Hands thinking? Do you honestly think that by living in China for a few years you’re able to understand Chinese? Have you read the famous book The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture by Bo Yang. It is such a shame that the book I Don’t Want to Be Chinese Again was not out earlier.
The UN allowed the Chinese to bully them over the issue of taking Hong Kong and Macau off the list of colonies in the 70s was beyond believe. All the nations in the UN are guilty for helping China to conolise Hong Kong. They should right their wrongs.
A friend forwarded this article to me which is very encouraging.