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Central Government and HK SAR vigilant of possible Color Revolution

Editor: Zhang Dan 丨CCTV.com

10-22-2014 15:23 BJT

By Li Rongde, CNTV Commentator

The chaotic and sometimes violent scenes in the “Occupy Central” campaign in Hong Kong has not only alarmed the central government over its threat to long-term stability and prosperity of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but also about a possible Color Revolution in China.

Concerns among central authorities over such unrest to spill over to other parts of the country are somehow justified, such heightened jittery has also underscored a need for concrete solution to head off the crisis.

As the “Occupy Central” campaign turns ugly from time to time, central authorities in Beijing have become increasingly wary of how it would unfolding and its political implications.

During a meeting with a group of Hong Kong SAR Legislative Council members last week (October 14), director of the Liaison Office off the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., Zhang Xiaoming lamented the “Occupy Central” campaign as a copycat of “color revolutions” in other parts of the world for its gross disregard of the “One country, Two system” and challenge of the authorities of the central government.

Chen Zuoer, director of the government-affiliated Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies, expressed similar views at the start of the unrest in Hong Kong.

They have also blasted the “external hostile forces” for playing a part in fueling the campaign, which has draws worldwide attention, as media outlets in the west quick to project it as an “Umbrella Revolution”.

That label might have much to do with participants gathering in main streets holding umbrella in soaking rain, but it invoked a tide of “color revolutions”, political uprisings in many parts of the world in recent years such as the so-called “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia between 2010 and 2011.

Central authorities in Beijing, which have for decades placed social stability as the top priority for the country, have good reason to concern about the ongoing political unrest in Hong Kong or “the Hong Kong version of Color Revolution” as authorities have dismissed.

The campaign erupted as organizers aimed at using it as a leverage to pressure the country’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress to back down on a set of voting rules the top legislature passed in August for the election of the chief executive in the special administrative region from 2017, which some have disputed its authenticity as a democratic election.

The campaigners have for weeks blocked traffics in many strategically important areas in Hong Kong and access to central business districts and government compounds causing mass disruption to businesses and people’s everyday life.

While many fear that the current chaos could further dent Hong Kong’s competitive edge as world financial and investment hub, estimates have put economic loses from the unrest at HK$350 billion since the “Occupy Central” campaign began, according to Xinhua.

As the central government and official apparatus continue to deride organizers for challenging the authorities of the central government and attempting to stage a color revolution, both the central and HK SAR government are certainly need to do more than that at a time of unfolding crisis.

The central government certainly need to heed legitimate concerns among people in Hong Kong within the framework of “One country, two system” such as widening wealth gap, rising property prices and erosion of distinct identity of Hong Kong due to an influx of mainlanders.

For the Hong Kong SAR government, they should also come up with more wisdom to better play its role as a bridge between the central government and the people it serves.

The Hong Kong government held the first formal talks with student leaders of the “Occupy Central” on Tuesday and promises to convey their appeals to Beijing after the two-hour talk. This could hopefully be a starting point for a solution for the current stalemate because it will do nobody good if the crisis is allowed to lingers on not to say of a larger scale “Color Revolution.”

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