Modern Realities
The Stakes for China in Hong Kong
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  • Anthony

    An outstanding analysis.

    I have only one question. Why is Professor Mead lauding protestors in Hong Kong when he has trashed the occupy protestors in America?

    • Suzyqpie

      The occupy protesters were an ovine gallimaufry & 0bama sycophants who had no intelligently stated goals. The Hong Kong protestors see ugly repression and resent only Chinese loyalists holding power in Hong Kong. Prof Mead recognizes the difference, aka, dumb disorganized people vs smart organized people. Hope that answered your questions.

      • ltlee1

        Please tell what is your opinion concerning the Hong Kong Wall which bar many mainland Chinese from visiting Hong Kong as they see fit. What would you say if there were a Florida Wall?

      • Anthony

        Read this. Sounds a lot like occupy wall street to me.

        “Polls
        conducted by academic institutions over the past year have indicated
        that the most disaffected and potentially volatile sector of Hong Kong
        society is not the students, nor the middle-aged or even elderly
        activists who have sustained the democracy movement here for decades.
        Instead, the most strident calls for greater democracy — and often for
        greater economic populism as well — have come from people in their 20s
        and early 30s who have struggled to find well-paying jobs as the local
        manufacturing sector has withered away, and as banks and other service
        industries have increasingly hired mainland Chinese instead of local
        college graduates”

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/world/asia/hong-kong-protests.html

        • Anthony

          Comparable response Anthony and helpful context; for more see Charlie Rose’s 9-29-14 interview with China policy experts concerning Hong Kong.

    • ltlee1

      Professor Mead probably knows much more about the US than Hong Kong/China. The irony here is that Hong Kong protestors are seeking to be like Wall Street bankers.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Because of the control of media and the internet in China, word of protests and riots is heavily suppressed. I have heard reports of hundreds of mass protests in China every year with many resulting in riots and violent government suppression. One of the reasons if not the major reason for China’s unjust and outrageous claims to territory and the saber rattling is to generate patriotism to counter the massive lack of support for the power corrupted Chinese government.

  • ltlee1

    Hong Kong exists in an artificial environment maintained by 1.3 billion mainland Chinese sacrificing their freedom of traveling to and from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is only special because of this policy Hong Kong Wall. Are those protestors
    truly for freedom? Would they also support the breaking of the policy Hong Kong Wall?

    A Hong Kong Wall is part of deal. China has a say on Hong Kong’s candidate is also part of deal. Otherwise, the Hong Kong Wall will create a moral hazard. It can limit the benefit of risky policy to Hong Kongers but China would be ultimately responsible to any mess created by Hong Kong’s leaders.

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