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Hong Kong’s Generational Divide

Hong Kong’s student protest movement may be simmering down for now, but it’s likely to flare up again. Both the protestors and the government realize that Hong Kong is inextricably bound to China. The question is: on whose terms?

Published on: October 9, 2014
Yevgen Sautin is a graduate student at the University of Chicago. He is a 2014-15 Boren Fellow at the National Taiwan University. The views are his own.
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  • Sibir_RUS

    Ron Paul Institute. USA
    «As with previous color revolutions, protesters represent a tiny minority of the actual population yet they claim to speak with the voice of “the people.”
    These voices of the people again seem to have been trained by Washington, however.
    As the Moon of Alabama blog has pointed out, the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy — AKA “regime-change central” — has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into stoking the regime change flame in Hong Kong. For example, in 2012 alone the US government sent half a million dollars to support these regime-change movements in Hong Kong.
    Recent events in Hong Kong follow a pattern of US-engineered regime change operations, where naive students and other youth are encouraged to be the public face of protests, which start out preaching non-violence only to be very soon shunted aside by far more radical elements who provide the real muscle behind the regime change. This happened in Egypt, with the US-sponsored April 6 Movement, it happened in Syria with the initial peaceful protests soon taken over by armed (and also US-backed) radicals, and it happened in Ukraine, where the Maidan protests soon gave way to violent, armed groups sporting neo-nazi tattoos and radical ideologies.
    If the pattern is repeating in Hong Kong, we will soon see an uptick in violence, meant to provoke authorities into a crackdown.»

  • Anthony

    “Across East Asia since 1945, the orthodox social contract has been the provision of prosperity and services in exchange for acquiescence as an undemocratic elite controls all politics. You get a refrigerator, a TV, even a small car, but you get no voice….South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan have fought past it.”

    “Both the students and the government realize that Hong Kong is inextricably tied to China. The question is: on whose terms.” Perhaps as some have suggested, the terms may resemble Singaporization. Another question is does treaty trump sovereignty (Hong Kong’s SAR status and Beijing’s White Paper – China is a unitary state.

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