If you've been following what's been happening in Hong Kong lately, you'll know that there's been a civil disobedience movement including protests, student strikes and possibly riots. The pro-democracy protests known as Occupy Central (and now the Umbrella Movement) which have taken place in Admiralty, Mongkok and Causeway Bay since late September have been polarising to the Hong Kong society.
Hong Kong is a part of China, there is no question about that. Before the British occupied, then leased out Hong Kong from China and now after it was returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong has always been a part of China. Hong Kong was taken away from China when foreign powers attempted to force China to kowtow to the West. In 1984 the British and Chinese governments signed the Joint Declaration which instilled a promise of '50 years of no change' as it is commonly referred to meaning that much of the social and structural elements of Hong Kong would remain consistent after the 1997 return to China until 2047. However this is also a cause of much division and disorder among the Hong Kong society as it has not "fully" been handed back to China. When July 1, 2047 arrives, Hong Kong will truly be reunified with mainland China which is actually a good thing.
Chinese history and civilisation has always prospered when its people and country is unified. Everyone in China including those in Hong Kong should anticipate the true reunification of Hong Kong to China with hope and seek to work for a stable process of transition. China over its 4000+ year history has seen a fair share of triumph and disasters. The Chinese civilisation as the world's longest continuous culture has prospered without democracy and even today much of its successes, peace and stability arose from non-democratic means which should not be interpreted with negative connotations. Democracy may potentially be a good and fair political system but is it practical in China that is a question that must be pondered and considered deeply. Democracy may or may not succeed in China, but that being said the struggle for democratic reforms should be discouraged either. It is a genuine discussion that is what is clearly lacking at this stage in Hong Kong.
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