I had just been thinking of the following...
The continual refusal by the Communist Party of China to allow free and fair election of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR through universal suffrage is admission that it cannot win an argument in an open and fair debate. This is the strongest indication that it admits it cannot win the hearts and minds of the people of Hong Kong. Hence the Party has to deploy strong-arm tactics to ensure a candidate that follows the party line be elected, providing an illusion of ‘control’.
By insisting on pre-screening the candidates standing for the Chief Executive election, it is telling the citizens of Hong Kong, the people of China and the rest of the world that the CPC’s argument weak and it has no confidence in prevailing in an open debate. It is unwilling and unable to allow a sophisticated society to choose its leader and is fearful of what the citizens of Hong Kong may choose.
The worst is that the CPC does not know how to put across its own point of view in an open and fair manner; and the party is unwilling to listen. Instead it resorts to bullying. This is how weak the Communist Party of China looks to the rest of the world – a bully.
Another personal observation: The Silenced Majority...
Since the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, apparently there has been a near total news blackout in the Mainland. This may sound totally simplistic, but does the Communist Party of China actually believe that people in the Mainland will think everything is fine if the happenings in Hong Kong are somehow removed from the news?
Twenty five years of anti-human right activities, subversion and oppression against people who have chosen to speak out against the Party/government (and they are effectively the same thing) has taught the rest of the population to keep quiet. However, keeping quiet does not mean these people do not have the same aspiration as the people of Hong Kong. The Mainlanders can easily want the very same things as their cousins in the SAR do: liberty, equality, free speech, human rights, etc., they have just been silenced.
The mainland officials have not the right to lecture the people of Hong Kong about the ‘silence majority’ who want to maintain the status quo. Please look around you: many of your ‘subjects’ are yearning for the very same things. They are the Silenced Majority!
A personal observation:
The world’s oldest parliamentary democracy, the United Kingdom, had the confidence to allow the people of Scotland to vote for its future and had the confidence that the pro-Union argument would prevail despite a pro-independence party being in power.
The one-party rulers of the world’s most populous country, China, with recorded history dating back over 4000 years, do not trust the people in a tiny ‘Special Administrative Region’ to make a decision on its leader.
There can only be one reason:
A “super-power” running scared?
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