China's "One Country, Two Systems" Under Threat (Page 2 of 2)

While Hong Kong’s influence over Guangzhou, capital of neighboring Guangdong province, is perhaps to be expected, it is now clear that people across China are seeking to make use of the freedoms of the largely autonomous city, carrying their grievances there. And, where mainland activists go, its security personnel are not far behind.

Ever since 2003, pro-democracy rallies have been held on July 1, which is a holiday to mark the reunification with the mainland.

While individual mainlanders may have marched alongside Hong Kong people in the past, this year there was a very visible mainland contingent, some of whom held up banners that identified themselves not only as being from the mainland but from various provinces and cities.

Subsequently, at least two of them were arrested when they returned to the mainland. The two, Song Ningsheng and Zeng Jiuzi, both of Jiangxi province, were sentenced to labor camp for 14 months. This is the first known instance of mainlanders being punished for protesting in Hong Kong.

Under the Chinese policy of “one country, two systems,” it is lawful for people in Hong Kong to hold such demonstrations. Under Hong Kong law, visitors can also take part. But evidently, China considers it illegal for mainlanders to join Hong Kong protests.

Mr. Song became a rights activities after his wife died in 2008 as a result of a medical blunder. Ms. Zeng’s husband died in mysterious circumstances while working in Shandong province. She had been petitioning without success for the reopening of an investigation into her husband’s death.

Liu Zhonghua, Ms. Zeng’s son, was quoted as saying that she went to Hong Kong because “there’s absolutely no way to fight for one’s rights here in mainland China.”

Another female activist, Li Guizhi, who is blind, was prevented from entering Hong Kong to publicize the death of her son in 2006. She says he was cremated without her permission and she has been demanding an investigation.

Ms. Li was held in a so-called “black jail” by the security authorities but managed to escape. However, she was recaptured after only a week of freedom.

All these people are desperate. They sought justice in Hong Kong because there were no avenues for doing so on the mainland.

Liu Weiping, leader of a group called the People’s Rights Union of China, said at a press conference in Hong Kong that he had helped about 100 mainlanders take part in the rally. He said that the two Jiangxi residents had been approached by someone who pretended to be a local reporter and asked where they were from and who had organized their visit.

This means that mainland security people are operating in Hong Kong, contrary to the rules of “one country, two systems,” under which the mainland has no police jurisdiction in Hong Kong.

Unless China provides avenues for redress of grievances to its citizens, they will continue to try to do so in Hong Kong. And the former British colony will continue in China’s eyes to be a base of subversion against the mainland. ​

Bill Bailey
October 21, 2012 at 15:59

It's 2012, and we're already 15 years along the road (almost 1/3 of the way) from 1997 to 1997+50 and the advent of "  one country one system". Chinese long-term planning does pay off.

Tseng Kin-Wah
October 19, 2012 at 14:24

@Slim: Brainwashed just like you only the other way around. I live in HK & China too & I love the improving standard of living & the way my country is heading. Come & visit us & see for yourself how we've been brainwashed & how "miserable" we are.

October 16, 2012 at 21:26

Were you brainwashed — oops, sorry, "Patriotically Educated" — in Hong Kong or in the PRC? 

Leave my people alone
October 5, 2012 at 08:36

Hey Dude, John.
Are you from HK? If not, you and all these other people here do not have the right to meddle with our affairs. This is for my people, the people of Hong Kong to deal with. If you are a mainlander, then you can stay on your mainland side.
@Lee. Ditto for you too.
I have lived in both Hong Kong and China, and we have probably some of the least violent crime rates in the world. Communism works, it might not be the best, but it works. The same is for the Hong Kong government. In fact, Hong Kong has an even better system with far fewer violent deaths than China's, but if China is to stay united, we must remain united in communism. Anything else would result in a second civil in less than a century. I am against this war you westerners are pushing us to go against.
OBVIOUSLY, those who haven' lived in china will never understand. It's the same for those who have never lived in the Iraq or Afghanistan, which is not just about terrorism, although any talk about either of them normally brings those two subjects up. I mean, if you  think about it, living in America is very bad. When I lived in Chicago, people died all the time because of violent murders. When I was in China, this never happened.
Yeah, I made no friends on this subject, but hey, the Westerners have been discriminating us for decades, so I will handle it with my people. People here commenting on how bad China is should seriously live in China for just one month and see if what they say is true. I have met hundreds of Americans who came to China expecting some sort of rubble heap cities and villages (and yes there are a lot of those), but there is also a lot of Westernized ideas, and trends over here. I wish you people could see from the eyes of the people actually dealing with this issue and not just say all this crap about how China is an evil communist country.
If that was true, then the Middle east would be made up of terrorists, and the US would be the biggest terrorist of all.
The first is what a lot of Americans think, and the second is what quite a number of people believe all over the world.
Again, I'm not trying to make enemies, I'm just saying that you guys should look at it from our point of views instead of making what you think be the absolute truth.

Arthur Borges
October 3, 2012 at 01:30

Yes, John, it is fun to hear western politicians speak of how the "international community" condemns Iran for this or that — and then Iran hosts a NAM meeting with delegates from 120 of the 195 members of the United Nations.

September 15, 2012 at 01:44

@JC: A lot of people on this site are just chinese in disguise.  Don't look at their names, just look at the way they write.  Are they embarrassed about their real names?  Inferior complex?

John Chan
September 14, 2012 at 22:54

Have you read the article “Who defines the international community?” It is the shameless autocratic authoritarian West tries to hijack the International community and call themselves “international community,” so they can suppress the rest of world on the moral high ground.
The West and its lackeys are a very small group on this world; they are less than 15% of the world population. A minority claims it is the international community a sign of autocratic authoritarian.

September 14, 2012 at 15:09

No real surprise, given the way the goverment behaves, bullying both its own people and the international community.

John Chan
September 14, 2012 at 11:35

Just based on the bloggers on this site, there are plenty of people do not hate China; it proves you are not telling the truth. Smearing and bashing baselessly like you is exactly the problem the Westpac has, not trustworthy.

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