THE SOLUTION TO THE HONG KONG CRISIS
In 1989 the most efficient way of data sharing was sending your friend a CD through the postal services. Now we have email that can send images and videos across the world in seconds. Many compare these two methods because they both share data, but it is commonly understood that they are completely different due to the maturation of the field of data sharing. A similar comparison is one being made by journalists around the world, linking the Tienanmen Square Protests to the current Hong Kong protests. Although not unlike data sharing Chinese politics has matured. Not only has time changed the makeup of these protests, but also they are being held in an entirely different system, “One country, two systems” (Schell 3). Tienanmen was held in China versus the current issue in Hong Kong where the CCP is less prominent. The CCP will handle this protest with more caution because of the advancement of media and their accumulated knowledge from their previous dispersion blunders. They have already portrayed this restraint through commanding the Hong Kong police to use non-lethal force.
For these reasons the CCP will act completely differently when dealing with the Hong Kong protests.This newfound restraint will greatly affect their tactics. Finally after months of protesting the CCP will put an end to the Hong Kong movement through intimidation and adulterated compromises favoring the CCP.
The student’s actions leading up to the ultimate closure of the protests will affect how the CCP ends the revolt. The island of Hong Kong at this point in the protests, is not occupied by troops and the dainty forces of Hong Kong police do not intimidate the protestors. Even though they are not scared, many of the students are about ready to pack up their tents and head home. According to NBC news, the protestors are voting on whether to stay in the streets or return home. They will be holding a vote on what path of action should be followed (NBC). The many reasons for this over all moral requisition, is that they all add up to a general loss for the students. Many are losing their scholarships from Hong Kong University, which is hindering their ability to succeed later in life. According to Education Portal, in the US the average person who has completed the university level curriculum earns 66% more than somebody who failed to achieve that level of schooling (Education Portal). The wealth gap in China is much bigger because of the massive population surplus leaving even less jobs for the uneducated.
The students are scared that they may end up like the people they see begging for work on the street side, not knowing when the next meal will come. The second reason is that they are fighting for something much larger than they expected and are able to realize this because of their schooling. “Those who seek to transform governance and create a more equal economy now have a more challenging task than protests, they must build national consensus on their issues in Hong Kong and in China’s leadership”. (Popular Resistance) This skillfully worded statement put together by the writers of Popular Resistance, perfectly states the issues that the protestors are beginning to face in their fight for democracy. The protestors’ enlightenment on where their protests are heading leads to an overall moral decline.
The CCP will take note of the change in attitude and adapt their plans accordingly, taking a more indirect approach towards evicting the students. The educated students were “intoxicated by a feeling of invincibility” (Schell 1) during the early stages of the protests, but they did not stay in this euphoric state. Contrary to the protestors in Tiananmen Square, where protestors got lost in this feeling of power; the students, due to their education, realize that this state of euphoria is only temporary and readjust to reality. The CCP with this knowledge needs less force to prompt the students out of their rebellious state and back into the flow of Hong Kong life. The CCP will send a large portion of the People’s Republic Army by sea to one of the major Hong Kong ports. They will all arrive at the same time in an ominous fashion wielding weaponry. Their arrival will be broadcasted all across Hong Kong. This imminent force will strike fear into all the protestors’ hearts. The government will formally announce that the soldiers are sent to restore the piece and will not be using lethal force, however will be imprisoning protesters that still occupy the streets by dawn of the next morning. The broadcast will close with the notion that terms will be negotiated once the streets are clear. The majority of the students will clear out and the few strong willed protestors will be imprisoned. During the negotiation the CCP will offer miniscule changes in the actual government, but will reinstate all of the students that lost their places in University. These small changes will leave the protestors with a feeling of success prompting them not to delve back into protesting. Allowing the students to continue their studies is more beneficial for the CCP than the actual students. If the students’ status had been maintained not only would they feel discontent and possibly relapse, but also it will increase Chinas GDP and keep them on track to be the number one nation. The generational gap that would be created if the students were not allowed to reenter would set back China in the future as the number of intellectuals and large money makers would decrease setting them back a great deal from their goal as top world producer. This course of action will lead to a more influential CCP force in Hong Kong and allow the thriving economic system of China to reestablish itself.
The CCP will have learned from their mistakes at Tiananmen Square and deal with this situation much more cautiously. The outcome will result in the CCP having a slightly larger presence in Hong Kong now that they have a viable reason. They can justify their greater influence as a short period of protection just to make sure that the protests fully dispersed, but their stay is permanent. Soon enough everybody will forget that there ever was a time without the CCP’s presence and acceptance of the sovereignty overall will be achieved. China will become even more efficient and reach their goal of largest GDP in the world early because of this outcome. In conclusion the CCP will take restrained action that will result in a subduing of the protestors and better China’s economic growth.
"Hong Kong Democracy Protesters to Vote on Staying in Streets - NBC News." NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hong-kong-protests/hong-kong-democracy-protesters-vote-staying-streets-n232951>.
"How Much More Do College Graduates Earn Than Non-College Graduates?" Education Portal. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <http://education-portal.com/articles/How_Much_More_Do_College_Graduates_Earn_Than_Non-College_Graduates.html>.
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Schnell, Orville. "Will China Crush the Hong Kong Protests?" 5 Oct. 2014: 1-4. Print.