Taiwan is Part of China Despite Hong Kong Opposition ‘Brain-washing’ Slander
Original Chinese Language Article By: www.199.com
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
The mainland Government of China issued an educational document in 2006 (to the former British colony) entitled ‘Hong Kong Basic Law Elementary Student Textbook’. Seven years later in 2013 this text became the centre of a political dispute in the area. This text contains the following two declarations of China’s political position with regard to the issue of Taiwan and the governance of Hong Kong:
‘Taiwan is a sacred part our country’s territory.’
‘The governance of Hong Kong should encourage its people to be patriotic toward China.’
Certain opposition leaders in Hong Kong claimed that a deliberate misreading and misinterpretation of the ‘Basic Law’ was published in this academic ‘Textbook’ with the purpose of ‘brainwashing’ the minds of young people in Hong Kong as they pass through the education system. The Honorary Chairman of the Basic Law Advisory Joint Committee – Huang Furong (黄富荣) – strongly attacked these critics accusing them of ‘never having actually read the entire text’ of the Basic Law.
Life in Hong Kong is quite different from that in the mainland of China, and it is to be expected that sometimes misunderstandings might occur that lead to friction. However, any issues that might arise can be resolved if proper understanding is applied to the situation. In this instance it seems that opposition politicians in Hong Kong are attempting to court publicity by mistakenly attacking the purpose and function of the Hong Kong National Education System.
It will be an interesting experiencing for mainland Chinese people to observe how the Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government of Hong Kong reacts to this challenge of deliberate exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Of course, it is beyond dispute that Hong Kong people are ‘Chinese’ people. Hong Kong is today Chinese territory, and Hong Kong people are citizens of China. This is an established fact whether certain people accept it or not. Incredible as it sounds there are some who would like to blur this issue with illogical statements and unreasonable analysis, claiming that outsiders who lack the relevant experience cannot properly understand the Hong Kong people. Although we allow for this reality in China, and acknowledge that Hong Kong has a specific history and regional culture, the false idea that ‘Chinese’ people are ‘not Chinese’ is not to be entertained, considered or accepted as valid in any way. Such an unfounded allegation is the product of deliberately misleading the Chinese people and obscuring the facts that constitute their true history. Furthermore, such action is considered by the mainland of China to be the product of ‘extreme’ political intrigue and ‘interference’ in the natural order of China’s internal affairs. When language is used in this manner it is premised upon ignorance and not upon sound knowledge, this is why it cannot be accepted as correct.
‘Taiwan is a sacred part our country’s territory’ – this statement is the opinion of all Chinese people without exception. As Hong Kong is part of China, and given that all Hong Kong people are Chinese citizens, it is only fitting that the Hong Kong educational system conveys only authentic Chinese political, historical and cultural information. This policy is logical, reasonable and beyond reproach. If there is a very small minority of Hong Kong people who protest about this because they do not understand the profound truth such a position entails, then the noise they make must be considered akin to that of a three-year old naughty child throwing a tantrum.
Bearing all this in-mind it is obvious that the ‘Textbook’ is a legitimate document that does not need changing in any way because it is accurate. What is in question is the motivation behind those in Hong Kong whose attitudes do not represent the Chinese people and which create division and resentment. The government of China, however, understands that all the Chinese people must be treated with consideration, and any grievances reconciled appropriately. It is also true that the vast majority of Hong Kong people love and respect the mainland of China, and it is these very same people that have responded to the dissenters with politeness and consideration. In fact so civilised has been their response that the minority of trouble-makers have been made to feel ashameed for their outrageous behaviour.
Hong Kong is a ‘pluralistic’ society and as time has gone on there has been a mutual exchange of understanding between it and mainland China. However, understanding cuts both ways and it must be understood in Hong Kong that political extremists must not be allowed to dominate the political centre-ground of the island. It is the vast majority of loyal Chinese citizens in Hong Kong that are directing the political centre-ground and not one or two of the ideologically disaffected that exist on the periphery. The mainstream represent the loyal centre-ground of Hong Kong and that is as it should be.
In China the media has quite rightly portrayed Hong Kong as cosmopolitan, open, vibrant, internationally popular, modern, and fashionable, as well as a credit to the Chinese people, but just recently that image has been tarnished by endless news footage featuring one protest after another. Although we understand that this is a minority of the people in Hong Kong, nevertheless, this non-representative minority is creating a bad impression and making it seem that everyone on the island feels this way. The outside world is watching with incredulity as Hong Kong’s continuous demonstrations generate the false impression that it’s developed society is falling apart and turning the island into a failed ‘third world’ State. From a strictly Chinese perspective, these protests make it seem that the Hong Kong people are arrogant and have no thought for other Chinese people in the world. We sincerely hope that the mainstream people of Hong Kong can exercise influence over this small but disruptive group of malcontents and stop the damage they are doing.
It is obvious that Hong Kong should also learn from the mainland of China as interaction is not a one-way street. After decades of British imperialist domination on the island, it is only to be expected that there has been extensive cultural damage enforced upon the Chinese people by these foreign interlopers. This was reality was planned for when Hong Kong returned to the loving embrace of the Motherland in 1997. As this is the case, the mainland Chinese Government has always made allowances for the people of Hong Kong, and will continue to do so. If anyone thinks that the culture and thought of Hong Kong would stay frozen in time from July 1st, 1997, they will be painfully disappointed. As soon as Hong Kong was reunited with China the repairing of damage proceeded without hindrance.
As Hong Kong has many unique cultural features, the mainland Government of China decided that a ‘one country two systems’ approach was better for preserving and maintaining the ‘specialness’ of Hong Kong. Within China many people were sceptical about this approach and feared that it would encourage ‘separatism’. However, this policy is correct and effective as the majority of the Hong Kong people live quite happily within this system whilst remaining fully loyal to China. It is suggested that the loyal Hong Kong majority reach-out and assist the discontented minority and help them adjust to the new conditions and live in harmony with the norms of a tolerant mainstream Chinese society.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
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