Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
It's a difficult issue to deal with because it has so many dimensions:
1) you have a place, which by treaty, pretty much belongs to China and Chinese jurisdiction.
2) Chinese law isn't very democratic to the western conception.
This is really a case study of how people make a political/economic transition in the 21st century, and it should be left for those people to settle it themselves.
3) There is talk that resistance is being provoked by western interests, which doesn't help the process of transition...especially since China has recently become an opponent of the US. Any foreign intervention could only be understood as hostile.
4) Hong Kong has developed its own recent history as very distinct from China. There is no collective memory of HK ever being a part of China, which means it has no collective memory of the violent way it was appropriated by England, or how Hong Kong became the "template"/textbook of all other colonialist interventions by Europe and the US that is still used to this day.
In a way, this situation is a lot like the Elian Gonzalez case that happened 20 years ago, but in far larger scale. And just like Elian Gonzalez, this "orphan" needs to go back to its family; to the people it is closest with--even if they're not used to it, and the family looks like the "bad guy". It's really the most rational choice among all the bad options.
The most ironic thing to me, though, was what was seen in a recent rally in Toronto: So both HK ex-pats and mainland Chinese gathered to get their feelings across, and in a show of solidarity the mainland Chinese created a caravan/blockade of Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and other super expensive cars in front of city hall. It's incredibly telling. if anybody wants to make a case of greater economic output (which is what capitalists always want) China and its system scored a slam dunk!
"I might be great tomorrow, but hopeless yesterday"