Chinese and China – Experts in Moving the Goal Posts

Here’s an article in today’s Bloomberg News:

China Rejects Open Nomination for Election of Hong Kong Leader

The Hong Kong public can’t nominate candidates for the next chief executive election under the city’s de facto constitution, China’s top official in the former British colony said, rejecting a lawmaker’s proposal.

The city’s Basic Law states that candidates for the chief executive position have to be nominated by a “broadly representative” committee, Zhang Xiaoming, director of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said in an open letter to Alan Leong, the head of the Civic Party.

 

Flags of China & Hong Kong

A Chinese national flag, left, and a Hong Kong SAR flag fly outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Zhang’s comments are the clearest China has made in rejecting demands from Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to allow for democracy in line with international standards in 2017, when it has pledged to allow election of the city’s leader. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was picked by a committee of billionaires, professionals and lawmakers, is facing rising calls to start consultation on arranging the vote.

“The proper way forward is to follow the Basic Law and the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s procedures, rather than straying from the law and going the wrong way,” Zhang said in the statement published on the office’s website, as he rejected Leong’s invitation to discuss the proposal at a seminar.

Leung said in an interview in June he wants to deliver on the electoral reforms, though increased democracy may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people. Allowing for a full exercise in democracy in Hong Kong will also contrast with the political system in China, which has been ruled by the Communist Party since 1949.

Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong have suggested options including opening the nomination to candidates who receive support from at least 2 percent of registered voters.

China’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy granted Hong Kong its own legal system under the Basic Law for 50 years from 1997. The city allows residents civil liberties including a free press and freedom of assembly not permitted in the mainland.

Basically what China’s said was “Anything that is not stated in the Basic Law is not allowed” – Hang on a minute, Basic Law is a constitution for Hong Kong but it was NOT drafted by the people of Hong Kong and we as Hong Kongers have NO right to interpret or amend it but China has. Mind you, Chinese are the experts in moving the goal posts, so no matter what you do or say, they’ll find a way to “win the argument”.

Now, the Basic Law didn’t say anything about people of Hong Kong are allowed to breath, eat, drink, etc. We’re all breaching the law! Hurrah!

What a whole load of rubbish. By the time they’ve completed their colonisation scheme (with substantial amount of new immigrants in HK who are all CCP members/brainwashed to trust nobody but the party), of course China will have no problem about “giving” Hong Kong democracy and universal suffrage, they’ve got a lot of Chinese voting the way China wants it!

Democracy is never given, it’s something that people fight for.

BTW, if one day, Article 23 is passed, this blog will be gone and so would I…

Over and out!

Something about Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Something about Hong Kong Arts Development Council…

Which category of arts workers are eligible to apply for participation in the Nomination Exercise?

The arts worker should be aged 18 years or above and fulfills one of the following capacities:
(i) be a current or former member, co-opted member, arts adviser or examiner of the HKADC, since its establishment on 15 April 1994
(ii) be a current or former arts adviser of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) since 1 January 2000
(iii) have been a winner or an announced finalist of the arts achievement awards of the HKADC since its establishment on 15 April 1994
(iv) have been a winner or an announced finalist of recognized local arts competitions and awards as set out in Annex
(v) have been successful in obtaining grant, financial sponsorship or venue sponsorship from the HKADC, the LCSD, the Home Affairs Bureau, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts or the Hong Kong Arts Centre for arts projects submitted in his/her name (including the participating arts workers listed in the applications for grant/sponsorship)
(vi) have obtained fees from the HKADC, the LCSD, the Home Affairs Bureau, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts or the Hong Kong Arts Centre for direct engagement in arts creation, direction, performance, exhibition, production / technical support and arts administration of arts projects
(vii) be or have been in collaboration with LCSD in holding arts exhibitions/competitions; or have participated in these exhibitions/competitions in his/her name since 1 January 2000
(viii) be a full-time or part-time teacher/instructor/tutor of subjects relating to arts administration, arts criticism, arts education, Chinese opera (Xiqu), dance, drama, film art, literary arts, music or visual arts employed by local tertiary institutions (and their schools of continuing studies), secondary schools or primary schools in Hong Kong as at 15 March 2013 (Remarks: Applicants qualified under this item should apply to be registered under the arts interest of “Arts Education”.)
(ix) be a graduate of an arts programme on one of the specified arts interests at bachelor’s degree or above levels run by local universities /tertiary institutions
(x) be an individual artist tenant of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, the Cattle Depot Artist Village or the Hong Kong Arts Centre as at 15 March 2013.

Applicants shall complete and return Form C together with a copy of the official document(s) showing their capacities to the Nomination Agent on or before the application deadline (5 pm, 25 April 2013).

 

Based on the above new guideline, a local public affairs commentator Kay Lam made the following comment:

A basic question: Hong Kong Arts Development Council focuses on the development of arts in Hong Kong. it does not make sense for an artist, who is not a Hong Kong permanent resident or not even a ordinarily resident in Hong Kong, to be qualified to be a registered voter of the Council.
The system is faulty! Jia Xuanning participated in a competition, of which the credibility is in doubt, is qualified to decide the future Hong Kong’s arts development; but those who work very hard on contributing to Hong Kong’s arts sector, for example Adrian Chow (a song writer), is not qualified!
Allowing graduates of arts programmes to participate is a great thing, but the question remains: why isn’t someone who was majored in non-arts degree, for example Adrian Chow who holds a law degree, but active in the arts space not qualified? Why are qualifications issued by Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College, London not recognised? Jia Xuanning who only writes articles once in a while to participate in  competition is qualified to vote, whilst a full time musician is not qualified to vote. The idea is great (expanding the voter group), but the reality is the system is seriously faulty.

 

Beijing blocks free Hong Kong elections – The Vancouver Sun Reports

By Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

The Chinese government has made it clear it has no intention of living up to its promise to allow voters among Hong Kong’s 7.1 million people to freely elect their government leader.

Beijing has repeatedly put off the democratic reforms it promised 30 years ago during negotiations before the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty after 155 years of British rule.

China’s stalling and its heavy-handed dealings with Hong Kong have sparked repeated peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong since the handover.

But Beijing’s latest announcement that it will keep a veto over whatever Hong Kong voters decide has heightened demands for universal suffrage.

 

This is the first news article in the Western world that reports the situation without being biased. Clear evidence of China breaches the Sino-British Joint-Declaration by blocking a fair and free election in Hong Kong repeatedly (the so called political reformed in 2012 did not provide Hong Kong a more democratic election).

Leaders of the PRC (China)

Pro-democracy, pro-HK-Independence and anti-CCP Facebook groups have been circulating an image in recent days – direct quotes from Premier Wen JiaBao’s government work report. Below is a translation of the caption:

43 Rounds of Applause 5 Years Ago…

“(We can) definitely guarantee the basic stability of market supply and market price”

“Make our motherland’s mountains greener, water clearer, sky more blue”

“We must ensure that our people’s minds are at easy when they eat and use (products), and make our export products to enjoy good reputation”

“(We will allow) everyone to enjoy basic health care services”

“We must be determined to push forward (our) real estate reform and development, making people and the public to live in peace and enjoy one’s work (note: a Chinese saying which means a stable and secured life with a roof above one’s head)”

“Only through distributing the fruits of economic development to the public, the harmony and stability of a society can be improved”

Five years have passed, NONE of the above was achieved.

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