whoknows wrote:seanbig wrote:I used to be totally against China commie until I had an ex who grew up in Prc. In Guangzhou but nevertheless China and not Hk. China is like Iran or Saudi Arabia
It’s not democracy but it works. Look at Russia and how “democracy” has worked there. If China was smart they would just keep Hk a special state forever
The whole issue is that China agreed to leave HK under own laws after the transfer from UK to China in 1997.In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. One of Britain’s first acts of the war was to occupy Hong Kong, a sparsely inhabited island off the coast of southeast China. In 1841, China ceded the island to the British with the signing of the Convention of Chuenpi, and in 1842 the Treaty of Nanking was signed, formally ending the First Opium War.
Britain’s new colony flourished as an East-West trading center and as the commercial gateway and distribution center for southern China. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule over Hong Kong under the Second Convention of Peking. In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system.
Communists cannot help themselves when it comes to power since there is no opposition to stop them (they kill opposition in the bud). Sadly next will be Taiwan, but at least Taiwan has an army to defend themselves.
For just a pinch of balance, our "Democracy" extraordinarily rendered a Canadian citizen to Syria to be tortured. America has had open season on journists and whistle blowers who expose crimes of the powerful and their policies killed 100,000 Iraqi civilians in their oil play. That should not stop criticism of totalitarian states but America by the numbers is beginning to resemble the despot regimes we often criticize.