Printed on 6th September 2014, volume 412 of the magazine The Economist covers Hong Kong’s political reform as the officials of National People’s Congress (NPC) announced that Hong Kong’s proposed Chief Executives in 2017 must be approved by the Beijing government.
In the Leaders column, the article articulates that Hong Kong must continue to demand full democracy for good causes of Hong Kong and China. Since “Method for Selecting Chief Executive in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2016” has emerged as an important aspect of the former British colony’s political issues in recent developments, the West has the moral obligation and strategic consideration to concern current Hong Kong’s problems regarding this territory as an international financial hub.
There are three main messages indirectly reflected in the aricle entitled “The Struggle for Hong Kong”: first, the West fears that Occupy Central movement mat turn into massive violence, leading to intervention of the People’s Liberation Army and possibly set China against the West; second, The Economist delivers the message of urging HK’s legistors to reject China’s proposal and boycott the electoral system; third, the writer suggests that Xi Jinping should cherish the opportunity of Hong Kong’s political reform as a test-bed for settling growing discontent all over China, such as Tibet and Xinjiang.
This last wave of critics of the Western media towards China on Hong Kong’s current issues may remark the end of Hong Kong’s leading economic position in Asia.