Hong Kong Protests Echo Taiwan

3 thoughts on “Hong Kong Protests Echo Taiwan”

  1. #1 – well, HK residents can elect their local leaders, just not their executive leaders so they do have some measure of democracy. It’s true that they didn’t under the British but I don’t see how that matters – China promised suffrage by 2017 and have just said they won’t give it. So it is not true that they are not asking for democracy “per se” – they are ABSOLUTELY asking for the democracy they had come to expect. (BTW I do think that if it were still a British colony – I think we’d now call that a ‘territory’ – Britain would have given them democracy and possibly an independence vote by now. They did for Scotland. Times have changed, 1997 was a long time ago).

    And why on Earth don’t you think they’re ready for democracy? …huh? Why not?

  2. Interesting, thanks. I just read up a little on China promising universal suffrage to HK, which I did not know about. I wonder how they put it, seems a little like double-speak, couching things in vague enough terms that the other party might interpret it to mean something else. Seems to me they intended all along for the electoral candidates to be chosen by the politburo, which would rig the election a wee bit… I’m really skeptical that China would allow any election to happen without their influence.

    And by Hong Kong not being ready for self-rule, I meant the government doesn’t have the infrastructure yet. It seems to me the legislature etc. would have to be reorganized and the whole thing is all really vague. This is different from the people of Hong Kong, who are most definitely ready for democracy as they’ve been showing for the past 10 days.

  3. Thanks for pointing out the contrast in news coverage between Taiwan and Hong Kong. It follows an old pattern. Look at how little coverage was done in the U.S.through the long years of struggle by the pro-democracy movement in the 1970s and 80s. Hong Kong and Taiwan share the problem that the issues are more nuanced than American mainstream media are typically able to handle.

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