Chinese Vice President urges promotin...

Chinese Vice President urges promoting HK democracy according to basic law

There are 6 comments on the People's Daily Online story from Mar 8, 2010, titled Chinese Vice President urges promoting HK democracy according to basic law. In it, People's Daily Online reports that:

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Sunday called on people of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to promote the constitutional development and democracy according to the Basic Law.

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Dan

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2010
Sure, according to Hong Kong's Basic Law, direct election of the Chief executive could have come as early as 2007....delays delays delays...the CCP is trying to run out the clock.
RayH

Guangzhou, China

#2 Mar 10, 2010
Dan wrote:
Sure, according to Hong Kong's Basic Law, direct election of the Chief executive could have come as early as 2007....delays delays delays...the CCP is trying to run out the clock.
How about direction elections under 155 years of British rule in Hong Kong? NEVER.
Mainland Chinese

Central District, Hong Kong

#3 Apr 24, 2010
Democrocy for the east is a bit like a shortie putting on a borrowed shirt from a tall guy --it looks nice on the tall guy but not fit as well for the shortie. Examples: the current caotic thailand, the Taiwan legisters physical fight in public, japan being run by the same party for 1/2 century despite adopting the western election system, the ever widening gap between poor and rich in india.
culturally We east do not like changes as much as the more progression oriented west.
Look at the Chinese language which involves both visual and audio information has remain as one singal language over thousands of years yet the western alphabatic audio based language has evolved into dozens of languages over a similar sized land. Simpler language is more efficient at spreading wheras the more complexed Chinese is better at conserving informtion. By far Chinese is still the most efficint language in storing info. It requires the least memory bytes for same info.

Since: Mar 08

Long Island City, NY

#4 Apr 26, 2010
Won't be a bad idea as it will highlight more than anything the failure of democracy.
Mainland Chinese

Central District, Hong Kong

#5 May 20, 2010
the efficiency of a political system(hardware) is related to the empathy level(software) of the society. hardware appears easy to be copied or adopted but software needs time and exposure to evolve. 
 
from a bio-evolutionary view point, an organism mutates to adapt to changes. changes bring stress. Stress within the optimal range helps the the organism improve but if the stress is too much due to big changes, the mutation more likely than not will lead to death. i think similar path holds for societal development. evoltion thru small changes is more cost effective and less risky than big changes. that might be one of the reasons the advocacy for slow and sustainable development is gaining momentum worldwide. 

we chinese have a proverb "ba2 miao2 zhu4 zhang3" literally meaning "pull the young shoot hoping to help it grow faster". i see its co-relation to the distorted course of development in countries trying to adopt a far more advanced political system regardless of their own societal empathy level. the most recent contribution of democracy in sucn a country is the philiphine's newly elected "noynoy". lovely name indeed.   

i guess karl marx would have least expected his ideology to be first hijacked by the most backward country in europe, let alone in the far east where the societal progression has culturally always been more cautious and therefore slower.
Hkpeople

Gloucester, UK

#6 Sep 20, 2011
RayH wrote:
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How about direction elections under 155 years of British rule in Hong Kong? NEVER.
I consider Hong Kong to be under 98 years rule instead of 155 years. Because the new territories that make up up 86% of territories and 99% of the population of hong kong today was leased to british in 1898. But hong kong island is only like 3% of hong kong territories and had only 7000 people when british firstleased this territory in 1840's

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