The Handover Fist of Hong Kong

Protests in Hong Kong are not an unusual occurrence. The local population, and transient expats who make their home there, have a very strong feeling of what they expect their lives to be like and are not afraid to voice their opinions when these feelings are slightly tickled. They have no fear, unlike on the Mainland of China, because for over 100 years their rulers were not tyrannical dictators…just your regular form of dictators.

A brief history of the former British colony is required understand that although Hong Kong people are a very free population, they have never really had Universal Suffrage.

“Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898.” [1]”

Seems simple enough.
Why was the British colony simply handed back to China then? If you consider the vulgarity of the way in which the British Empire seized control of Hong Kong Island during the First Opium War (because the Qing Dynasty refused to import Opium having witnessed the destructive effect it had on the people – how dare they not allow the import of a lethally addictive substance), then it would be only fair to hand back what was stolen. However, whilst the Brits grew up, politically (to a degree) over the decades, the rulers of China steadily declined in terms of their ability to govern with fairness.

Fast forward to the era of Margaret thatcher (the Iron Lady) meeting Deng Xiaoping (who ruled with an iron fist) when the leasing of the New Territories of Hong Kong was agreed to be honoured by handing the country (which is how it is perceived by the population) back to China. This move has never been understood by T610, as what was just a rock when conquered, had grown to become one of the leading cities in Asia. To just hand it back without a struggle, when the Falklands (which was still just a rock) was fought over, just doesn’t make sense.

In the years prior to the agreed handover date of July 1st 1997, many Hong Kong families left to start their lives in countries such as the UK, Canada, the US and Australia – hence the proliferation and growth of China Towns around the world (which have played their own roles since the persecution of Falun Gong brought human rights in China to the forefront once more in the post-Tiananmen Square Massacre years).

The people of Hong Kong have always wanted to have the right to vote for their leader in a democracy. Such a plight has been championed by people such as Albert Ho (a Transmission 6-10 interviewee) and a host of others e.g. Martin Lee, Long Hair, Seto Hwa etc. The British failed to deliver democratic reform to Hong Kong prior to the handover (which must have been part of an agreement made with the CCP), and their chances of ever receiving Universal Suffrage look slim in the face of a CCP who look determined to stay in power for as long as they can – hence the annual protests.

T610 apologises for a lack of time to dedicate to the project  currently.

This blog, once completed, will go into detail about the following topics:-

  • The aspects of ruling Hong Kong which the CCP have control over and are not allowed to interfere with
  • The subtle manner in which all the tricks of the dictatorial trade are slowly being implemented in Hong Kong without the people realising e.g. controlling the press and influencing education
  • How Falun Gong has thrived and yet suffered in Hong Kong before and after the handover.
  • What the future holds for the Special Administrative Region

REFERENCES:
1  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong