The Future of Hong Kong

I feel uneasy about the current political tension in HK. I fully support the locals’ fight for democracy and free election. All eyes are on HK and China as the situation escalates and it is becoming reminiscent of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Realistically, the protests are little more than a thorn to China’s side. In the end, the people of HK are going up against a world superpower that can afford to do as it wishes. It would take significant pressure so I hope the voice and action of the people are able to persuade the world in joining the cause and reversing China’s policy.

What are the consequences of China’s actions? I think it will be detrimental to Hong Kong in all aspects. Hong Kong has fostered into an international hub for business and tourism under British rule. The region has been able to maintain that stature largely due to the independent sovereignty after the hand-off to China. Many were hesitant of the transition and were afraid of the encroachment of the China government and immigrated to the U.S. and Canada, my family included. The fear is now becoming a reality and I suspect that more people will be seeking a new home elsewhere. It’s common knowledge that affluent Chinese are buying up multi-million homes all over California. All new properties in Arcadia are at least a few million and bought by such foreigners. The demand is only growing. It’s ironic that many are seeking to leave the country that made them rich. What does that say about China when it’s people are transferring their assets off-shore. The people are afraid of the government where as it should be the other way around.

“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson 

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