Now Beijing has said that greater HK democracy and universal suffrage will be granted in 2017 -- ten full years away. HK pro-democracy activists and lawmakers are pushing for a faster schedule -- 2012. In any case, full democracy from HK is by no means guaranteed by the latest dicta. Really, Beijing's ultimate goal, I dare say, is to stall indefinitely. Who is naive enough to believe Beijing's promises about granting democracy to anybody? Democracy is too much of a threat, and so are the trappings of a fully free, open, democratic society -- just look at China's infamous censorship of media.
Now for a little look at the news media. Come and see:
- IHT has this headline: "Full democracy for Hong Kong Questioned."
- The Sydney Morning Herald from Australia has this: "Activists attack China ruling on Hong Kong democracy."
- The Associated Press, though, has this ridiculous headline: "Hong Kong Granted Greater Democracy." (What? The AP sounds almost identical to Xinhua and the other Chinese propaganda mills on this issue.)
Anyway, I really like this quote, taken from banners held by pro-democracy protesters: "Democracy delayed is democracy denied."
UPDATE: Am I wrong about Chinese "democracy"?