• Hong Kong: The irresistible force versus the immovable object.

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    The above photograph was taken on Tuesday 3rd November, 2009. It shows a 105 feet high statue of a 32-year-old Chairman Mao Zedong (1893-1976) taking shape along the Juzizhou scenic spot in Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan Province. Constructed of granite, the statue was unveiled on Saturday, 26th December that year to commemorate the 116th anniversary of his birth.

    This demonstrates two things; the ability of China to complete enormous civil engineering projects in time-scales that British civil engineers can only fantasise about. That the Communist Party in China is not going to throw in the towel anytime soon. For the official Chinese view on Hong Kong, see:
    http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1002/c90883-8790607.html
    If they continue for much longer, a tragic inevitability awaits the peaceful and good natured protests in Hong Kong. That inevitability is called the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).As can be seen by the video below, the protesters are remarkably good natured. If only the British anti-capitalist protesters were this nice!If the protests continue, the costs of this will be high for all concerned. Not only will it cost the protesters their liberty and for some lives, but for Hong Kong, it’s liberties will be curtailed. For China as a whole this will have significant economic costs. The costs will hit other’s outside China. Unfortunately, British politicians from all three main parties will be unable to resist making comments condemning China that will have one inevitable consequence: it will damage British firms exporting to China.

    Doubtless there will be many British Gazette readers who will be roaring “Appeasement!!!!” as they read this. The Editor fully understands the outrage they feel and feels it himself but it is important for those in positions of high office to keep their emotions in check and not make “knee jerk” statements. Knee jerk statements that will cost the British jobs of British workers.

    The best that can happen is that fairly soon the demonstrators throw in the towel and that when the time comes for the elections the Hong Kong authorities put forward a broad spread of candidates including independent people who are not party hacks and that the Chinese authorities have enough sense to “take the hint.”

    Sadly the British Gazette’s advice to Hong Kong’s protesters is that you should only pick a fight with an opponent you can beat. You cannot beat the Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China, so give up before the inevitable occurs. It would remind the protesters of the old Chinese saying:
    “He who sets out to strangle a tiger, had better make sure that he finishes the job!”

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