Last’s week’s misunderstanding quickly transformed to rage with images of police, out of harm’s way, calmly reaching to pepper spray non-threatening bystanders, one at a time. Hong Kongers’ support for Occupy Central soared from “geek” to “peak” within a day. China opposes interference. Beijing backs the CEO of “China’s Hong Kong”, with no comment on their 1984 promise not to interfere in Hong Kong’s self-governance until 2047.
Ironically, Hong Kongers experienced more freedom and openness to new ideas after China’s takeover. Was that freedom only Beijing’s temporary gimmick? Or is Beijing genuinely on a learning curve, trying to understand the effective power of soft-servant governance? We’ll have to wait and see.
Hong Kongers want more than they can have, as explained last week, but they deserve more than they’ve been given. Pepper spraying targeted individuals when the police are not being threatened is cowardly, unbecoming of Hong Kong’s peaceful police, and is only asking for escalation. More pepper spray and rubber bullets are arriving by the truckload. There are no simple answers, but there is a lot to learn while we pray for peace in one of the world’s most dearly-loved cities.
The Symphony does not comment on what Beijing should do—they should figure that out on their own. The only thesis here is that there is a foreseeable prelude to conflict in Southeast Asia.
Communists don’t understand how they are perceived by others, that actions speak louder than propaganda, nor how free people think. Beijing and Hong Kong governments are genuinely surprised by the protests.
Meanwhile, Japan and Vietnam are more open to getting their own weapons. Beijing can’t imagine why that would be. They probably think it’s caused by “Western propaganda” rather than their own actions.
This conflict is becoming more and more about a learning curve in Greater Asia. Every country that touches the Pacific Ocean needs to learn something, even about what motivates other countries. The greater everybody’s learning, the lesser the foreseeable conflict. So far, learning seems low.
China’s Neighbors Arming-up
…14th World Peace Summit cancelled in Beijing’s shadow.
A recent incident in which a Chinese exchange student made a rude gesture at a speaker who addressed the Chinese students at National Chenchi University’s (NCCU) student orientation as “overseas students from China (中國的留學生)” has prompted heated discussion online and among university staff and students.
Along with several other Chinese exchange students, the student in question reportedly complained to the university after the moderator at last month’s student orientation greeted them by saying: “We welcome the overseas students from China to Taiwan.”
The Chinese students said it was “inappropriate” to address them that way at a public event, demanding to know why they were not addressed as either “students from the mainland (陸生)” or “friends from the interior (內地來的朋友).”
They also demanded an apology from the Taiwanese students who attended the orientation.
Hong Kong makes world headlines…
…with the best video being from Apple Daily
- Hong Kong protest crowds grow despite order to clear sites Upbeat atmosphere prevails at 2 main protest sites after day started with scuffles between protestors, opponents (newstimeafrica.com)
- Perspectives of Hong Kong Protests As Told By Hong Kongers (Weekend Wrap-up) (breakfastwithwords.wordpress.com)
- Keep Hong Kong’s Window Open (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Hong Kong protests: A guide to yellow ribbons, blue ribbons and all the other colours (independent.co.uk)
- 6 Questions You Might Have About Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution (time.com)
- The Bridled protest: Hong Kongers’ free will shall not be held hostage to protestors (rightways.wordpress.com)
- Deadline Looms For Hong Kong Protesters To Back Down (newsy.com)
- China Censors Hong Kong’s Protests; Hong Kongers Stand Strong (grumpyelder.com)