Writing in the Financial Times, Jonathan Fenby, journalist, author and expert speaker on China, explains that Beijing is threatening the future of its golden goose in its response to the Hong Kongers march for democracy.
Jonathan argues that there was always a central misunderstanding when it came to the policy of “one country, two systems”, after Hong Kong’s transfer to Chinese sovereignty 17 years ago last week. With central authorities stressing the first part of the formula, Jonathan describes how Hong Kongers resent Beijing’s continued attempts to exercise control of the Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of Hong Kong through three ineffective chief executives selected by a small circle of electors approved by Beijing.
Resentment deepened by the prospect of the next choice of chief executive in 2017. In wake of this, 800,000 people voted in an unofficial online poll for a democratic system for selection of the next chief executive, and more than 100,000 joined a rally to call for democracy. With more protests planned, Jonathan warns that “if troops go to deal with Hong Kong protests it could get out of control.”
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