Wed, Aug 08, 2007 - Page 8 News List

Letters: Hong Kong's lost democracy

Recently, China organized a large-scale concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong. Beautiful fireworks symbolized affirmation for Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang (曾蔭權) and his performance. Though the Hong Kong 2005 political reform package couldn't be passed, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) appears to not consider it Tsang's responsibility.

After 10 years of testing, it has been proven that the so-called "one country, two systems" and "remaining unchanged for 50 years" were all lies.

Now, what most people in Hong Kong want is democracy and universal suffrage, but under "one country, two systems" they have lost their right to enjoy it.

China's governance crisis centers on the gap between rich and poor and problems arising from a bureaucratic system of corruption, the reckless expansion of township enterprises and the exploitation of a brand new bureaucrat capitalist class. In the absence of effective coordination mechanisms, and with the rising indignation of the oppressed and helpless, the air of resistance pervading public opinion has threatened the rule of the Chinese Communist Party.

So, Hong Kong's celebration of the handover of the 10th anniversary is merely window dressing. People in Taiwan must take Hong Kong as a warning and treasure the precious democratic freedom in Taiwan.

Liang Lunbin

Taichung County

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