Monday, 29 August 2011

Someone Pulling the Strings

Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing believes Beijing pressured the Hong Kong government and police to keep the city in "complete quiet and total security" during Vice Premier Li Keqiang's visit over a week ago.
 
He made the statement on ATV's current affairs program Newsline that was broadcast Sunday night. He said it was obvious mainland officials who were responsible for Li's visit were expecting their Hong Kong counterparts to keep protesters away from the vice premier.
 
"I believe the police would have been under pressure to ensure the VIP did not see or hear anything he did not want to see or hear," Tsang said. "Whenever an important official from Beijing visits Hong Kong, those [mainland officials] in charge of the arrangements always require complete peace and total security."
 
He said this clearly illustrated the value gap between Hong Kong people and the central government and said it was unfortunately Hong Kong leaders did not want state leaders to see "another side of Hong Kong", referring to the protests that were held during Li's visit.
 
It's interesting to hear this from Tsang who is also founding chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, the largest pro-Beijing party in the city.

While it's refreshing to hear this transparent explanation from someone supposedly close to Beijing, but his sibling prefers to take a more oblique path.
 
Tsang's younger brother, Tsang Tak-sing is the Home Affairs Bureau Chief. He wrote on his blog Sunday that locals should focus on the benefits from the over 30 economic measures Li announced during his trip here rather than be distracted by other issues.
 
"[The measures] will improve livelihoods substantially and facilitate continuous social improvement; this is the big issue related to the people's well-being," Tsang wrote.
 
"Some issues are more important and some are less important. It would show the wisdom of the public if they could distinguish the importance and priority of those issues. We should not be distracted."
 
Emily Lau Wai-hing, vice chairwoman of the Democratic Party said Tsang's views showed how out of touch he was with what Hong Kongers were most concerned about.

We are not in China where government officials think they can try to spin things any way they like -- we are in Hong Kong where we can see things quite clearly.

In any event it's a sad state of affairs when Li doesn't seem interested in seeing the "real" Hong Kong. If he's only wants to have a tightly-scripted visit then obviously he doesn't really want to know what's going on.

This does not bode well for us or China.

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