Monday, 16 June 2014

Divide and Conquer?

Elsie Leung would like you to believe "external forces" are at work in Hong Kong
We're now wondering if Beijing's release of the white paper is a tactic to divide and conquer Hong Kong.

All kinds of groups are split about the document that claims the city is irrefutably under the authority of Beijing.

The latest is the Law Society claiming the white paper is "positive", whereas the Bar Association immediately criticized it for saying judges were on par with "administrators" like the chief executive and top officials who are expected to "love the country", and judges should take into account China's national interests and security.

This is difficult in practice because most of Hong Kong's judges are foreigners.

Or perhaps Beijing didn't get that memo?

We also have former justice minister and now deputy director of the Basic Law Committee under the National People's Congress Elsie Leung Oi-sie giving her interpretation of the white paper.

She says Beijing is concerned about the possibility of external forces at work in Hong Kong.

"The central government is worried about the country's situation," Leung said on Commercial Radio. "Hong Kong is such a free city, and many non-residents here can [engage in] activities here, so [the white paper] says we have to stay vigilant about whether external forces are meddling in Hong Kong's internal affairs.

"Hong Kong would be doomed if we engaged in a 'colour revolution'; in fact intense movements have been on the rise recently, and I think [Beijing's] worries are not groundless."

Excuse me, Ms Leung, but can you please explain what these "external forces" are?

Does she (or China) think there some kind of infiltration of Hong Kong society by foreign influences that are programming us to incite revolution through Occupy Central? Makes it sound like a plot from an espionage movie.

As far as we know, Occupy Central was the brainchild of a Hong Kong person by the name of Benny Tai Yiu-ting. He floated the idea of Occupy Central over a year ago and now, weeks before July 1 the Chinese government has mounted this campaign to try to scare local people, but in fact it has infuriated them.

If anything it is Beijing that is the "external force" creating tensions in Hong Kong. As Tai says, "We have never tried to [engage in] subversion... We are only fighting for genuine universal suffrage," he told RTHK show City Forum.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has also waded into the discussion, saying the publication of the white paper was for "a small minority of people who have a vague and one-sided understanding of the Basic Law".

If it is such a minority, why the need to release the paper in such a heavy-handed way and in seven languages?

Tsang's argument is weak and same with Leung.

What other excuses are they going to throw our way before July 1?

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