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Hong Kong Protests and peaceful solutions

Written by Daniel Otero

Hong Kong Protest and how to achieve a solution peacefully

By: Daniel Otero

Hong Kong’s protests are just a reflection of an imperfect society, for that matter, in the imperfect world we live in.  One which comes after two decades of unity with the Mainland government to the north, Beijing.

We live in a world of political upheaval, one which changes are consistent with the times.  This is the case of Hong Kong and Mainland China, it was bound to happen, two different systems trying to unite into one government.  Hong Kong with the remnants of the past colonizers who were the British and left a great system in place (whether people might disagree with me or not, there is no political correctness here).  One which rivaled most western economies and industries around the globe.  Since 1998 this has changed, but not completely.  The issue here is, how does the Mainland government impart their methods inside a society that has been with a constant quasi-democracy for the past 150 years.  This is the question often asked, inside an Island and its territories bustling with real estate growth and where the newest edition of the Rolls-Royce strolls down in gold along pavements like Kennedy Road.  When the Hong Kong Cinematic Industry was the giant in this Eastern part of the world with its Kung-fu flicks for decades.  Presently for the second, the scales have dramatically changed for China, with a population who is strutting confidently in the last 40 years.  In other words, ‘Big Brother’ Mainland is coming along forward in leaps and bounds.  With already a bridge like the HZMB which connects two entirely different systems to one government.  How to unite these?  Even when the language and fashion barriers bar these two from coming together as a united front. The answer is simple, education, mutual respect and tolerance.  One which would benefit both sides in the long run with the exchange of methodology in: languages, sciences and mathematics.

Hong Kong has a great system of education by the way.  Why does Mainland look towards the West and doesn’t focus more on its own jewel?

With the recent protests and what is happening with the anti-extradition bill that some want it implemented, Hongkongers have hit the streets with rigor.  What can be done to go back to the old days to avoid any unnecessary hurt, destruction or death?  There is no turning back, only going forward to progress.

In politics, it’s called a compromise.  There’s nothing more and nothing less than two ideologies coming together, refocusing on the future, stability for Hong Kong and Mainland China.  One cannot impose on the other its values, this has proven a disaster in the past with other countries. Since there would have to be a dispensation of generational attitudes to change the views of Hongkongers, as well as, Mainland Chinese.  Something which could be discussed peacefully and not with the throwbacks of olden violence.  It can’t work on either side if the two parties are out to hurt each others’ social values.  Isn’t that what socialism teaches against?  Further, China has made it work in the past and present, whether you agree with me politically or not. China went from a complete communist regime to one which focuses on the commercial gain through capitalism and so far, it has worked out fantastically.  I mean, nothing is perfect and there is always room for improvement, right?

Therefore, if Hong Kong and Mainland can discuss these two differences with an open mind, heart and without an impasse, relationships will definitely improve.  I promise you both.  But with the continuance of forceful confrontation, all that it is asserting is the disrespect for local-law enforcement figures whom shouldn’t be blamed for the current situation.

Destruction of property, where does that get people?  Absolutely nowhere, it is promoting more an anarchist mentality which doesn’t uphold to any democratic or socialist principle.  So, it would be wise for politicians to again hit the table of talks and continue hammering out this issue with words and not with fists.  The greater importance here is peace, how is it achievable? When two parties continue to talk without any physical confrontation.  Yes, there will be disagreements, arguments in the matter; but solutions can be hammered out without any force. This is a mental process that in diplomacy it is called, detente, meet halfway and solve the grievances on either side.

If there isn’t a compromise, what does any side hope to gain?  The answer is quite simple, nothing but animosity for the two sides which ought to behave like one, whether the people are in disagreement or not.  After all, isn’t Hong Kong Chinese and so is Mainland?  Both with prosperous economies and garnishing positively [I might add] more immigrants who prosper from this gain.

To conclude, next time when meeting, it must be done with cool heads and not allow easily tempers to flare.  If not, there will be no goal achieved or in hindsight, a ‘bridge to nowhere’.

The past cannot be changed, what has been done has been done!  Now it is time to incorporate a little of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s diplomacy and it doesn’t matter how long it takes.  What matters is that a future generation can benefit from these advances.  Isn’t this what everybody wants and sincerely desires?

This is my perspective as an outsider looking in.

About the author

Daniel Otero

A New Yorker who has been living in China for the past 10 years. He's a freelance writer/journalist and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.

A former member of the military with extensive travel to 50 countries and has lived in six.

Lover of life, good food, travel, writing and dealing with social issues.