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News Analysis: Hong Kong Visa Denial Reflects Fragility of Freedom

Posted by Author on January 27, 2010

By Heng He, Epoch Times Staff, Jan. 26, 2010-

The struggle to define China’s culture recently took center stage in a denial of visa applications to enter Hong Kong, revealing both how fragile Hong Kong’s freedoms have become and how fragile the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) considers its hold on the hearts of the people of China.

Beginning Jan. 27, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts was scheduled to give seven sold-out shows in Hong Kong—the company’s first appearance in mainland China. The company, which says its performances seek to revive China’s traditional culture, was forced to cancel the shows when at the last minute the Hong Kong government refused to give visas to seven key production staff.

Another Shanghai

Whether this refusal violated Hong Kong’s laws, it certainly violated Hong Kong’s interests and its proud ethos of being a free city where laws are even-handedly administered. Hong Kong seems to be well on the way to becoming another Shanghai, a fate that I once thought would fall upon Hong Kong almost immediately after its hand over in 1997 to the Chinese regime.

Before 1949, Shanghai was one of the most prosperous cities in the Far East. After becoming one of China’s five open ports, Shanghai had become the center of finance, heavy and light industries, retailing, education, and entertainment in China. There was a time that the most successful businesses stayed in Shanghai, while those who found it hard to do business in Shanghai went to Hong Kong.

When the communists took over, however, business in Shanghai nose-dived and Shanghai lost her attraction to the world. In the meantime, Hong Kong took on the role Shanghai had played as a center of business and finally became one of the four Asian tigers. With the opening of China’s economy, Shanghai once more became China’s center for commerce, but without the freedom it had enjoyed before 1949.

I had expected that upon Hong Kong’s hand over, the regime would interfere with Hong Kong’s business and try to make Hong Kong more like the other cities of mainland China. Without freedom, Hong Kong is just another Shanghai, no matter how well the economy is developed. It has been 12 years since the hand over, and I hadn’t expected to see a free Hong Kong to survive for more than five years.

Example for Taiwan

Several factors have so far helped Hong Kong avoid being absorbed by the regime.

As one condition for the hand over, the regime had proposed not to make any changes to the One Country-Two Systems policy for 50 years. This proposal was not necessary—Hong Kong would have been handed over whether or not such a promise was made. The regime did so with an eye on Taiwan. It wanted to reassure the people and politicians of Taiwan that they should not be worried about a change in lifestyle once the island was unified with the mainland. So long as the regime believed that it still needed to persuade Taiwan, Hong Kong would have some space to resist the influence and efforts at control from the north.

Further strengthening Hong Kong’s position was the urgent need China had of foreign investment and management and financial expertise. In those fields, Hong Kong’s experience and reputation were irreplaceable.

Finally, the people of Hong Kong showed the willingness and determination to defend their freedom and democracy. To many people’s surprise, Hong Kong has been the place where the largest number of people have gathered each year to commemorate the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre.

On July 1, 2003, a half million Hong Kong residents took to the streets to protest against Article 23, which would have incorporated laws on subversion and sedition into Hong Kong local law. Critics believed the measure would have meant an end to the freedoms of speech, the press, and association in Hong Kong. The bill was withdrawn and the law was shelved indefinitely…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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