|Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Hong Kong yesterday. (Xinhua)|
China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang who is expected to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao in 2013 is in town for his first official visit to Hong Kong.
The city pulled out all the stops for him, including tons of police and their vehicles all over Central and Wan Chai where he is staying at the Grand Hyatt.
Yesterday after he landed he was keen to show his concern for ordinary residents by visiting a day-care centre for the elderly in Ho Man Tin, chatting with some of the seniors there and presenting them a 55-inch television set and an electric wheelchair.
He also met two families in Lam Tin though other residents were annoyed by the inconvenience caused by his arrival.
Today he announced Beijing will allow foreign investors to use renminbi to buy up to 20 billion RMB ($3.1 billion) mainland securities. He launched China's largest-ever off-shore bond yuan initiative by pressing a giant glass button and from the podium a thick line branched into two passing by the audience that was like a river gushing with gold.
Sounds like someone hit the jackpot.
Tonight he had dinner hosted by the Hong Kong government and all 60 lawmakers were invited.
I met one of the democratic lawmakers today who was going to attend this dinner.
This person shall be called X. When I asked if the Chinese government paid lip service to the democrats or was really concerned about their issues, X replied that it depended on what kind of democrat you were.
"If you are someone they have a hold on, then you are not a threat," X explained. "But if you are not a career politician and don't depend on this job as your livelihood then they are worried about you."
X continued by saying the Chinese government knows what's going on in Hong Kong, knows who is on their side and who isn't, and knows everyone's strengths and weaknesses.
"They are way, way better than the Hong Kong government," X said.
When it comes to keeping their grip on power, the Chinese government knows how to play games.
Meanwhile Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his cohorts are too busy kowtowing to their masters to look after the interests of Hong Kong residents which should really be their priority.