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Who’s leading HK

As we learned from the news, Hong Kong protesters have occupied major districts in Hong Kong to demand full universal suffrage for the city, a culmination of decades of frustration among the city’s democracy activists. But as protests in this city enter a stubborn second week, there hasn’t been any real breakthrough.

During the movement the leader of HK who is currently C.Y. Leung, was labelled as “unloved leader” judging from how he reacted to the protest. Most suspicion were C.Y. Leung is secret puppet controlled by the central communist government,

“He is in daily communication with Beijing,” says Willy Lam, an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “C.Y. is a very obedient cadre.”

Hong Kong's embattled leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, speaks at a press conference.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, speaks at a press conference-CNN

 

Since the return of HongKong in 1997, many voices against the system were the un-democratic society would have take place instead of the original “democratic” colony. Therefore the appointed chief executive of HK could be suspected as an internal decision from the central government instead of being voted by HK citizens, so that leads to the confusion, Who is actually leading HK?

Based on the facts and statements we can break the matter into following argument:

  • Premise 1: HK chief executive  is elected democratically by HK citizens based on Hong Kong Basic Law
  • Premise 2: HK Basic Law is a purely.domestic legislation deriving its authority from the constitution of People’s Republic of China
  • Premise 3: The elected chief executive must be appointed by the Central people’s government.
  • Conclusion: The chief executive of HongKong is appointed by China based on the domestic legislation.

Each of the statement can be further explained:

  • premise: It is obvious fact that this is acknowledged both by law and common sense
  • premise: This is a little controversial that some scholars consider it as part of the domestic legislation while some HK citizens recognize “Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong” as the source of HK administrative authority.
  • premise: after the process of election, the effectiveness of the outcome must be confirmed and signed by the central people’s government (state council).
  • Because of these statements and form of argument, I think this should be a valid argument. Since the chief executive is not directly decided by the central government.

To elaborate this matter, I found it necessary to go a little more specific. The basic law guarantee the fixed capitalism system for HK another 50 years however, due to the uncertainty of the HK social condition, majority of the population sense a early move from the central government which means that the capitalism system is possibly shifting towards a similar socialism system that is implemented in the mainland. Therefore, the democracy of HK is desperately concerned.

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Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong, was signed by Prime Ministers Zhao Ziyang of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom (UK) on behalf of their respective governments

Moreover, the un-transparent government mechanism have influenced mainland for so long that the population of mainland China may not have the solid fact to support the HK citizens for their best interest. some anxiously worried that HK is gradually losing it title of “the last free soil of China”, due to the influence over the central government.

Either way, the pursuit democracy will witness more sacrifice and setbacks for both sides of the people. Reason is the best way to find the truth.

 

2 Responses to Who’s leading HK

  1. Vincent says:

    Well done, just clarify that it is not sound and factually correct
    “Because of these statements and form of argument, I think this should be a valid argument. Since the chief executive is not directly decided by the central government.”
    Otherwise the topic was interesting, and I enjoyed reading your post.

     
  2. Avery C says:

    Hi Thaddeus. Great job simplifying the complexities of the leadership of Hong Kong, I found it really easy to understand.

    One thing I don’t quite get is the connection between the quote and the argument. The quote states that “He is in daily communication with Beijing . . . C.Y. is a very obedient cadre”. Your argument seems to focus on the election itself of Hong Kong’s leadership, while the quote seems to focus on what Hong Kong’s leader(s) do after they are elected (if that makes any sense).

    Despite this small discrepancy, I found your post very intriguing to read, and I look forward to reading more from you in the future

     

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