Friday, 5 September 2014

Conservative Cadres Rule HK

Now senior cadres are complaining about the NPC decision on HK in 2007
The squabbling continues over universal suffrage in Hong Kong, as some senior cadres don't think the city should be able to have the vote unless there were tight restrictions, and that to allow "one man, one vote" in 2017 was an unwise decision made in 2007.

And many cadres wouldn't mind if Hong Kong lawmakers vetoed the electoral reforms, perhaps hinting it would be an opportunity to scrap the whole idea altogether.

Apparently it was these elderly folks who had to be appeased and hence the very conservative "reforms" of candidates needing to have 50 percent of the vote of the nominating committee.

"Some senior mainland officials do not want to see universal suffrage introduced in Hong Kong at all," a source familiar with Beijing's policies on Hong Kong said. "They believe that the central government leadership's decision in 2007... was unwise and not well thought out.

"Those Hong Kong people who oppose the framework may not realize that many Beijing officials will be happy to see Hong Kong's electoral methods stay as they are."

However, there are other senior cadres, like Wang Guangya, director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office who would like to see universal suffrage implemented in the city before he retires next year.

So it's interesting to see there are disputes within the Chinese leadership on this issue, while the pan-democrats are fraying at the seams now, with Civic Party leader Ronny Tong Ka-wah annoyed that they did not fight in a "rational and pragmatic manner".

"The Communist Party is not the most transparent party in the world, but it is very predictable," Tong said. "But while many people said they know the Communist Party [is inclined to bend] under a soft approach rather than a hard one -- they also said they would adopt a hard approach. This doesn't mean you have to give up on principles and values... and I am not saying that we have to kneel [to Beijing], but if there is another method to do this, then why not do it?"

So while Beijing may have the upper hand, it seems there is not complete consensus on its side, while the pan-democrats plan to veto the electoral reform proposal.

So now what?

These senior cadres either have no clue what a democracy looks like or are too scared to unleash it in Hong Kong, fearing it will spread elsewhere...


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