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The Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong

 Pro-democracy demonstrations have broken out in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was repatriated from the U.K. to China in 1997. At the time, the Chinese government guaranteed relative autonomy outside of diplomatic and defense issues for 50 years after the handover. Anti-Chinese sentiment is on the rise among Hong Kongese.

 China had been exploited by the British Empire since the late 18th century. The empire exported opium from India to China, which led to the Opium War of 1840. China was completely defeated by the modern British Army, and ceded Hong Kong to the British in the Nanking Treaty of 1842. Hong Kong since flourished under the guidance of the U.K.

 Last Year, 40.7 million Chinese visited Hong Kong. However, many of them were actually opportunists who carried Japanese or Western products from Hong Kong to China without tariffs. Chinese products are so unreliable that the products brought from Hong Kong sell at high prices in China. The most popular commodity is Yakult, which is a Japanese microbiotic, followed by powder milk and paper diapers (mainly Japanese makers'). Per 1 package of 50 Yakult, they can earn about 3 dollars. Many of them go back and forth several times a day, and earn far more money than the average Chinese income.

 Every day, around 20,000 carriers visit Hong Kong, and consumer prices are surging there. On the other hand, Chinese travelers tend to irritate citizens of Hong Kong. For example, Chinese parents let their children urine on the street. Chinese have no manners. Hong Kongese identify themselves as different from Chinese.

 Thousands of demonstrators occupied the streets of Hong Kong's financial center in order to promote democracy. Banks have to close down their branches, and the stock market plunged.

 I don't believe that the protest in Hong Kong will lead to a new Tienanmen Square Massacre because China cannot afford to devastate the "Pearl of the Orient." I bet that China will have to concede to some degree.

 China has taken a hard-line stance owing to its emerging economic power, but cannot any more. For instance, Chicago University and Pennsylvania State University announced that they would discontinue their respective Confucius Institutes, where Tibet and the Tienanmen Square Massacre are prohibited from being discussed. China has founded the institutes at over 90 universities in the U.S. in order to push pro-Chinese propaganda. However, if China bans discussion about the protest in Hong Kong, more universities would close down the Chinese-financed institutions.

 As the Chinese economy trembles, China will have to concede that. The protests in Hong Kong are the beginning of a larger push for freedom in China.

Chinese, Rest Assured : Japan won't aggress against China

 The relationship between Japan and China has been deteriorated. To our surprise, many Chinese are concerned that Japan might invade China again. Needless to say, their anxiety is unfounded.

 In a survey conducted by the U.S, Chamber of Commerce, 48% of American businesses operating in China cited that Chinese air pollution has made it difficult to attract senior employees to China ー a sharp increase from 19% in 2008. Not only U.S. but also European and Japanese companies have difficulty finding employees willing to live in China due to the serious air pollution and contaminated water. They have attempted to use financial incentives to attract workers willing to work in China. Nevertheless, few are willing to relocate to China. On the contrary, the number of multinational employees who desiring to leave China is surging.

 Particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less, which associated with lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, is mainly due to emissions from factories and cars. The factories also discharge contaminated water into rivers. In China, tap water is hazardous to drink. To make matters worse, a Chinese mineral water producer was found to be less safe than tap water.

 China dominates the production of rare earth metals. As a matter of a fact, rare earth metals exist broadly in Eurasia, North and South America, and Australia. China's reserves are only about 30% of total world reserves. However, its mining contaminates surrounding groundwater and soil. Therefore, hardly any country other than China eagerly produce rare earth metals.

 In addition, Chinese food is too dangerous to eat. This July, a food scandal received global attention that Shanghai Husi Food had reproduced rotten meat and supplied them to transnational fast-food chains such as McDonald's KFC, and Pizza Hut. Last year, cadmium-contaminated rice was detected. In 2011, 3 infants died of milk containing of high level of nitrites. Also, illegal medicine was found to be injected into pork, and prohibited coloring agents were found in steamed buns. In addition, recycled oil from ditches was resold. Especially egregious was a 2008 case where melamine-contaminated milk killed 6 babies in Chin and Hong Kong, and poisonous dumplings imported from China hospitalized 9 Japanese.

 Japanese are afraid of eating Chinese food, much less living in China. Many Japanese expatriates are staying in China alone, leaving their families in Japan. They are dying to return to Japan.

 There is no possibility that Japan will invade China because Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution expressly prohibits wars of aggression. In addition, Japanese soldiers would hesitate to be deployed in such a cursed land.

Rightward Movement in Europe

 China and South Korea are criticizing Japan for turning into the right. I believe, however, Japan is returning to the center. On the other hand, rightward movement is progressing in Europe.  
 Since the Arab Spring in 2010, hordes of refugees have been flooding into Europe in 2012, the number of refugee applications in the European Union (28 countries) has increased to 335,000, which equals 1.3 times the number in 2010. This year, applications are increasing further.  
 In Germany, nearly 20,000 Syrians have already immigrated. Iranian, Liberian, Russian, Libyan and Georgian “refugees” are also flooding into Europe’s “economic winner.” Last year, the number of refugee application was 77,000, and this year, from January to September, 85,000 “refugees” have already applied for refugee status, which is 3 folds greater than 5 years ago.  
 Reflecting on the history of the Nazis, Germany has generously accepted immigrants. However, 13,000 euros are needed to support each immigrant per year. Germany’s public broadcasting “ADR” released a survey on October 10th that the majority of Germans believed Germany should not increase the number of immigrants. A boycott against immigrants occurred in a suburb of Berlin where a public housing for immigrants are located. In that area, over 10% of the electorate voted for an extreme-right-wing party in the general election on September 22nd.  
 In France, a survey for the EU Congress shows that the most poplar is the National Front, an extreme-right-wing party, insisting on immigration control and withdrawal from the EU.  
 In Austria, an extreme-right-wing party, “Freiheitliche Partei Osterreichs” made remarkable advances in the lower house election in September.  
 In the U.K. and Finland, there is growing support for conservative parties appealing for anti-immigration and anti-EU policies.  
 I’m basically against immigration. Except for the Kurds and other minorities, everyone has their own nation to control themselves. It is often said that everyone loves their own country. Every group should endeavor to realize their ideal nation by themselves. So, Japanese should live in Japan, Chinese should live in China, and Koreans should live on the Korean Peninsula.  
 Any ethnic group that doesn’t want to live in their own nation should abandon their land to the Kurds.

The China Spring Begins

 It is a well-known fact that the Arab Spring was fuelled by the Internet. The Internet is changing the world. People can now get access to accurate information. The Senkaku (Diaoyutai) Island issue is igniting an upheaval in China.  
 China is falsely claiming its sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands (“Diaoyutai Islands” in Chinese). In December 1971, China started insisting that the Senkaku Islands belong to Taiwan, reasoning that the islands, as well as Taiwan, are an indivisible part of Chinese territory.  
 On August 24th, however, a woman executive at a private corporation in Guangdon revealed on the Sina Microblog, a major Chinese twitter-like service, that the Chinese government had acknowledged the Diaoyutai Islands as Japan’s territory through 1949 to 1971. She pointed to The People’s Daily dated January 8th ,1953 stated, “The Ryuukyuu Island groups, which are located north-east of Taiwan, consist of 7 island groups including the Senkaku Islands, the Sakizaki Islands, and the Okinawa Islands. On the maps issued in 1953, 1958, 1960 and 1967, under supervision of Chinese authorities, the border between China and Japan clearly indicated that the Senkaku Islands belonged to Japan.  
 Calmly building the evidence, she posed a question:Can the Chinese government really insist on the ownership of the Diaoyutai Islands? Some were convinced by the evidence and acknowledge the Senkaku Islands as Japanese sovereign territory. Other Chinese, however, seem to be rebutting the evidence on purely emotional grounds. I’m curious to see what counter evidence they can come up with when forced with such clear, uncompromising facts.  
 The People’s Daily is an organ of China’s Communist Party. The Communist Party’s official stance is that no errors occur in The People’s Daily. The Chinese government would have a difficult time denying its content now, no? Given the evidence from the Chinese side itself, all claims seem specious at best.  

Permanent Residency in Hong Kong

On August 22nd, hordes of people gathered at the High Court in the center of Hong Kong. A Filipina who had worked as a maid since 1986 filed a lawsuit, insisting that not issuing her a permanent residency permit was illegal. The debate over permanent residency is heating up there.

In Hong Kong, Article 24 of the Basic Law, which is equivalent to a constitution, stipulates that persons not of Chinese nationality who have entered Hong Kong with a valid travel documents and have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years shall have the right of abode. However, the Hong Kong government has made an exception that the term when working as a maid is not regarded as 'ordinary residence' by its entrance ordinance. Based on this exception, maids' applications for permanent residency are not permitted.

The lawyer on the plaintiff side claims that the rights given by the Basic Law cannot be limited by other laws. On the other hand, the lawyer on the government side insists that it is the legislative body's right to clarify what the Basic Law stipulates.

On the 21st, the day before the trial, supporters and opponents to issuing permanent residency collided in Victoria Park where many Indonesian maids spend their holidays, and 20 people were detained by the police.

The supporters of the plaintiff claim that the exception violates the equality before the law, spurs racial discrimination and endangers Hong Kong's sense of values. These values are different from China's under the 'one country, two-systems' policy regarding areas such as freedom and equality. In fact, foreign maids are excluded from the minimum wage system which was introduced this May. Also, on their identification, the letter 'D' is clearly printed to indicate their different residential status.

On the other hand, the opponents insist that, if permanent residency is given, not only nearly 300,000 foreign maids but also their families would flood into Hong Kong and deprive its citizens a means of living.

In Hong Kong, permanent residency is akin to citizenship. Article 26 of the Basic Law donates permanent residents the right to vote and the right to stand for election. In effect, permanent residency makes foreigners 'Hong Kong citizens'.

I'm aware that this issue is Hong Kong's domestic matter. Obviously, however, the law must be applied equally, not arbitrarily. And, in my opinion, Hong Kong's permanent residency should revert to fundamentals. Hong Kong should amend its Basic Law not to give foreigners the right to vote, much less eligibility for elections. In order to avoid giving foreigners such treatment, the government has to apply laws arbitrarily in this case. They should treat foreigners as foreigners. It's a matter of course that citizens and foreigners are treated differently. Following after this basic premise, the government should apply laws under the rule of equality.

Alternatively, if Hong Kong citizens don't want foreigners to flood into their nation, the government could prohibit foreigners from bringing their families. Then, it wouldn't be a problem to issue permanent residency to foreign maids

Basically, every government should act for its citizens, not for foreign residents, under the law.

The Arab Spring becomes a Chinese Summer

 The Chinese government is currently being threatened by twitter. An Internet upheaval is about to be ignited in China, following the various Arab revolutions.
 On July 23rd, a high-speed train which stopped on the tracks was rear-ended by another train in Zhejiang province, China. 6 cars of the first train derailed and 4 of them fell over the overpass. The train crash killed 40 people and left nearly 200 injured.
 The next day, however, no reports of the accident were seen in Chinaユs main newspapers. On the other hand, Chinese netizens published reports and photos of the accident. It was revealed that bulldozers brushed mangled cars that had fallen to the ground and buried the wreckage on the site.
 The authorities couldnユt help but dig out the buried cars under the sharp criticisms of the twitterverse. 7 corpses, including 2 boys, were found buried in the wreckage. But, a 2-year-old girl was miraculously found alive 20 hours after the crash.
 The Chinese government has highlighted its high-speed rail system as a symbol of Chinaユs economic growth and technical progress. Many Chinese citizens feel humiliated by the train crash. The public anger is mounting.
 On the 27th, the authorities announced a forced settlement to the bereaved of 500, 000 yuan (about 75,000 dollars) per victim. 500,000 yuan is an extravagant settlement for Chinese, which equals 15 times of average annual income in China. Nevertheless, the public anger was not mitigated. On the 29th, the authorities announced to offer a settlement of 915,000 yuan (about 140, 000 dollars) per victim.
 Initially, the authorities intended to stop the investigation the next day (the 24th), and resume railway operations in the morning on the 25th. However, the fact that mangled cars were discovered on site derailed their plans. Due to the prevalence of the Internet, inconvenient truths cannot be concealed any more.
 The Berlin Olympics took place in 1936, and the Third Reich collapsed in 1945. The Moscow Olympics took place in 1980, and the U.S.S.R collapsed in 1991. But, I believe that it wonユt take a decade for China to collapse because of the Internet. I bet, China will collapse within half a decade from the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The soonest would be next year, but it might even be imminent.

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