Editor’s note: Is China becoming a giant of proportions that worry humanity? In a series of analyzes that will be read through Monday, China columnist and political science expert Loïc Tassé tries to answer that question.
Hong Kong is on the eve of a massive exodus. Of the 7.5 million people who live in Hong Kong, nearly half of them have dual or can easily obtain citizenship. Of that number, 300,000 hold a Canadian passport.
Many Hong Kong residents sell their homes and pack their bags. They are wisely waiting for the global pandemic to end before they leave.
Their favorite destinations are Great Britain, Australia and Canada.
They will be welcomed with open arms. Not only are they wealthy, but above all they are very well educated.
Beijing authorities are happy to see Hong Kong residents leaving. For Xi Jinping, these Hong Kong people are not patriotic enough. Rather, they are seen as an internal threat.
Moreover, their departure deprives the Hong Kong democratic movement of many supporters.
Moreover, under pressure from Beijing, Hong Kong residents who hold dual citizenship are now required to choose between the citizenship of Hong Kong and their other countries. If they do not choose, they will be denied consular services.
After that, the Chinese government is convinced that it can replace these Hong Kong residents quite easily.
In fact, millions of Chinese in neighboring Guangdong Province are anxious to move to Hong Kong, which is difficult for them at the moment.
Face is changing
The large Western companies that have established themselves in the city are gradually being replaced by Chinese companies.
So the British face of Hong Kong began to fade. Moreover, English is being replaced more and more with Mandarin.
Hong Kong’s fate makes the Taiwanese shiver. They believed that China in Beijing would maintain its privacy in the event of reunification.
Since Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese authorities have tried to reassure the Taiwanese that the island will be governed by “one country, two systems”. But Beijing did not fulfill its promise.
Worse, the cruelty with which Xi Jinping ravaged the democratic movement in Hong Kong illustrates the extent to which his administration has become an enemy of democracy and thus of democracies.
Hong Kong has become a Chinese city like any other. In the process, she loses her soul, strength and uniqueness.