Martin Jacques and Steve Tsang, expert speakers on China’s affairs, weigh in on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong students are currently protesting for more political freedom in the streets of China’s most international city. Here are two interesting perspectives on this “Umbrella Revolution”, from two expert speakers on China’s affairs:

Martin Jacques is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and best-selling author of “When China Rules the World” (2009). Writing for the Guardian, a British-based newspaper, Martin argues that the protesters are mostly driven by dislocation and resentment at mainlanders’ success, and that they need to find more effective ways of making their views clear and arguing their case. Click here to read “China is Hong Kong’s future – not its enemy”.

Steve Tsang is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, and Director of the university’s China Policy Institute. Writing for Forbes, Steve argues that Beijing should strive for success of the “one country, two systems” model in Hong Kong, and not in repressing the people of Hong Kong who are likely to respond with long, dragged-out acts of civil disobedience. Click here to read “How Not to Make a Crisis in Hong Kong”.

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