Yesterday, Hong Kong’s government leader Carrie Lam postponed the controversial extradition law forever. And she acknowledged that she had failed and apologized today.
However, this isn’t enough for the people of Hong Kong along with the protests continue. How are these protests viewed from Beijing? And is that for Xi Jinping’s leadership? Anger and sadness According to China correspondent Garrie van Pinxteren, the people of Hong Kong are furious about the violence that the police used last Wednesday.
“They want the law to the expulsion of criminals to China to go really off the table, they think delay is inadequate.” But there is a lot of despair on the road, says Van Pinxteren. And that is because of an incident last night. A demonstrator wrapped up a banner and tried to scale the scaffolding of the construction.
He fell down. That is why the demonstrators are wearing black today as a sign of mourning. In accordance with Garrie van Pinxteren, the continuing protests are bad news for Chinese President Xi Jinping. “They are extremely upset with their particular Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, but they see her as a puppet of the Chinese government.
They do not trust they want her to step up.” It’s not the first time that there has been debate about just how much freedom Hong Kong has, which creates tensions with Beijing. Since Hong Kong passed from British to Chinese in 1997, the area has had a distinct standing, with its laws and political system. Two systems, A nation is the motto. According to Professor of Modern China in Leiden and manager of the largest China think tank in Europe, Frank Pieke was in 1997 a sizable part of the inhabitants of Hong Kong, free of the British, before the decolonization. They stood felt Chinese, China and portion of their motherland, but there has been a change.
“The younger generation haven’t even experienced the transfer by the British, they don’t have that history. And they feel much more like Hong Kongs than Chinese,” said Pieke. “They try for liberty themselves, even though that won’t ever occur. Hong Kong cannot survive as an independent nation.”
By 2047, China will really gain control over Hong Kong, as stated in the treaty signed in China involving China and the United Kingdom in 1984.
According to Pieke, this creates a problem: “If you would like to create Beijing friendly, and hope that they maintain the current status quo, it might be better to not protest. Since if there is a lot of protest, they run the risk of achieving the opposite of what they want, and that China is intervening tough. But China hasn’t said anything about this, so it is uncertain what will happen after 2047.” Not only for the people of Hong Kong, but also for China a great deal is at stake, states Pieke.
“They are afraid that if they admit a lot of, a domino effect will happen, which will spread to Taiwan and Tibet.