Chinese Democracy
China Puts Its Foot Down on Hong Kong
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  • Anthony

    Does Professor Mead really think that China would adopt a more liberal approach in Hong Kong if America invaded Syria, as he has advocated? Does anyone who reads this blog really think that way?

    China has a trump card that Russia does not, and that is the backing of corporate America. The Chinese market is so large that American corporations will do a lot in order to avoid losing access to it. Therefore, they use their significant wealth and prestige to pressure the American government to refrain from doing anything that would antagonize the Chinese government.

  • Anthony

    Of course nothing happens in a vacuum but as inferred by June white paper, China is determined to reconcile democratic urges (sentiments) among certain segments of Chinese populace with its central control apparatus. Reining in Hong Kong appears consonant with Beijing’s strategy in this area.

  • El Gringo

    The handling of the Ukraine issue should be a wake up call for the entire South and East Asian world. The West didn’t raise a finger when Russia invaded Europe – do you think it would spend a single second worrying about Asia? Taiwan should be very, very worried.
    If I were in charge of a country anywhere near Russia or China right now I would be seriously contemplating a nuclear weapons proram.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Fair point. I had not put Ukraine into the list of China’s Hong Kong calculations. It would not control the decision, but it sure could nudge the timing.

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