The true face of China: The crushing of the Pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong

 

 

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What started being called the Peace & Love demonstrations to protest Beijing’s electoral law for Hong Kong was so mismanaged by China who wont tolerate any sort of dissent that the organizers decided to occupy strategic parts of the city in what was then known as the Umbrella revolution organized by a movement called Occupy Central, operated on Ghandian principles of non-violence.

The “one country, two systems” notion promised complete self-rule in Hong Kong as Britain wound down its control over its former colony in 1997. But the recent clashes in the streets seemed to have ended any hope that Beijing would let the city’s long-established democracy continue to thrive. China insists on handpicking a slate of candidates for an election expected in 2017, while the demonstrators demand that anyone should be allowed to stand for election.

Mainland China has been trying to persuade Taiwan to return to the Motherland with the promise  of the “one country, two systems” but the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are sending a grim signal to businesspeople in the region. After years of improved commercial ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbor, many Taiwanese sense that the thaw is moving too fast for comfort. The clashes in Hong Kong between the Beijing-backed authorities and demonstrators bode ill for Taiwan’s advocates of further integration with the mainland.

 

Hong Kong Students Stage Rally For Democracy

Xi Jinping, not yet two years in office as China’s leader, seems “unpredictable.” The way he has handled the Hong Kong crisis to a conclusion is a proof of his inability  to handle internal affairs but also China’s relations with its neighbors. Force and suppression seem to be the only policy he knows as China seems to have unilaterally reneged on the “One country, two systems” in Hong Kong.

The leader of Taiwan, has publicly said that  “Now that the 1.3 billion people [in mainland China] have become moderately wealthy, they will of course wish to enjoy greater democracy and rule of law. Such a desire has never been a monopoly of the West, but is the right of all humankind.” Xi Jinping and his thugs are not amused.

The one country, two systems concept was initially developed by China’s then-premier, Deng Xiaoping, in the 1980s as a plan to peacefully integrate Taiwan into the mainland. It was only later adapted for Hong Kong, and to this day it remains Beijing’s official plan for Taiwan, which Beijing still considers to be part of China.

But as Beijing is now making it clear it will not allow Hong Kong to maintain its democratic system after all, any illusion that Taiwan would one day agree to a similar arrangement has quickly evaporated.

Pro Democracy Supporters Attempt To Bring Hong Kong To A Stand Still With Mass Rally

It is clear that both Hong Kong and Taiwan are Chinese, but over the years they have each developed an identity separate from that of the mainland, a fact that is apparently lost on Beijing.

Beijing for the moment has crushed the pro-democracy movement in Beijing but at the same time has managed to alienate the people of Taiwan who do not want unification to the mainland until it has a full fledged democracy. The leadership in Beijing has once again shown its true colour: it is a brutal dictatorship who mistreats Tibetans, Ughyers and its other minorities within the mainland and now has  shown that it wont tolerate any form of democracy in Hong Kong!

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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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