Saturday, 5 March 2011

Wishful Thinking

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) wants to get more young Hong Kong people involved and groom them into "patriotic forces".

The proposal was laid out by CPPCC chairman Jia Qinglin Thursday at the opening of the plenary session.

"We will expand channels of communication with influential figures from all walks of life in Hong Kong and Macau, strengthen contacts with political groups, social groups and representative figures from the two regions, and increase the strength of our work related to young people from the two regions," he said.

Jia added the aim was to constantly develop and expand the patriotic forces in the two cities.

The announcement followed the rise in protests by young people in Hong Kong, especially earlier this week when 25-year-old Steve Wong Chun-kit allegedly assaulted Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen at an event at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Wong was protesting about the government's budget.

Professor Lau Siu-kai, a local delegate to the CPPCC and head of Hong Kong's Central Policy Unit said Beijing was very concerned about the grievances of the post-80s generation.

"It is not only in this report," Lau said. "He [Jia] has told me about this before. In my understanding, the central government pays close attention to Hong Kong's young people, especially post-80s. The government is concerned about their future development, and also their knowledge of China.

"Their anxiety and discontent about the development of the current political system is rising and being expressed through many different channels," continued Lau. "They are questioning the rationality of the current situation and the legitimacy of the current system."

How does Beijing propose to reach out to the young people of Hong Kong and Macau?

Do they really think the post-80s generation in these two cities want to have a dialogue with the Communist Party of China?

To them, China stands for everything they are not.

They read the news about how Chinese citizens are suppressed there and don't get to practice human rights like freedom of speech and protest, and they see the government's mentality that money can solve all its problems which isn't always the case. The environment is one of them.

There is a huge gulf between the establishment and the younger generation, and the CPPCC's hope of bringing these young rebels into the fold is very slim. If one of them did cross over to the dark side, he or she would be considered a traitor or accused of selling out.

These people are not the relatively docile and obedient peers found within the mainland.

For the government, these post-80s know too much to be controlled, which for Beijing is a dangerous thing.

1 comment:

  1. problem with the chinese is always talk, no action.