Hong Kong-Mainland Divide (UPDATE)

More on the issue of the difference between Hong Kong and Mainland China from Professor Kong Qingdong of Peking University, who traces his lineage back to Confucius.

Seems the guy not only thinks Hong Kongers are “dogs” (as previously noted) but also that rule of law is a bad thing.

Rule of law for ‘trash’ societies

Kong dismissed the rule of law as a colonial mechanism to beat Hong Kong residents. He also slammed Singapore for its laws on smoking. He equated both as inferior people who need to be whipped into correct behavior. The need for the rule of law, he said, is evidence of ‘trash’ societies.

“Speaking of the rule of law, the British brought it there and let it stay. How did the British deal with these Hong Kong dogs? They gave them a good lashing. They lash them harshly. Today the Beijingers would say that these people f—–g deserve a physical lashing.”

When the talk show host commented that the environment is cleaner in Hong Kong, the professor’s retort was “Why is it cleaner? Because they rely on rule of law. They do not rely on the quality of the people. Just like in Singapore, you are fined 5,000 dollars for smoking. When you have to resort to the legal system to maintain order, it shows that your people have no quality and no self-consciousness. You won’t do what you are supposed to unless you get a beating. This is summarized in one word: Trash.”

Kong’s words were right in line with what the Beijing leadership said when a survey late last year showed that more Hong Kongers think of them self as Hong Kongers first and Chinese second.

Kong was the inspiration behind the Confucian Peace Prize after Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. The philosophy behind the Confucian award is pretty clear from who won it last year: Vladimir Putin. Hardly a supporter of peace or democracy.

And while many may dismiss Kong as a “has-been hold over” from a by-gone era, the fact that he gets air time and draws a strong audience of his rants and raves means that he has at least the tacit approval of the government and party leadership in Beijing. The Chinese leadership has never hesitated to play the “nationalistic” card when its absolute rule is questioned.

In this case, rule of law is dangerous to the Chinese government. Their attitude, like so many dictatorships is “We make the law, so we rule” or “We rule so we make the laws.” Either way, challenges to the leadership are not encouraged.

With American politicians — especially the GOP presidential contenders — winding up their rhetoric against China, it would be useful for U.S. journalists to understand the situation in China better. It is also important to understand the difference between Hong Kong and China.

There are still a handful of xenophobes who think that because a company owned by HONG KONGER Li Kai Shing operates the ports on both sides of the Panama Canal, those ports are being controlled by Beijing. Hardly.

It doesn’t take much to learn about the differences just a willingness to learn.



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