“Limited Tools in Hong Kong: China’s Usual Steps May Be Inadequate” by Edward Wong & Chris Buckley. 

If Levy’s article were to be correct in predicting the outcome of the ever ongoing race between the U.S. and the PRC, it would be expected that this transition of power from the U.S. to the PRC would eventually lead to all out war. This bid for hegemony by China could take this more realist route utilizing both latent and military power to seize the dominant position but in reality the latter is less likely, although at times China does not seem shy in flexing its military muscle. The more likely approach would be to use its more latent influential power, whether through its rising and very strong economy or through other less violent means. But if it were to even try to finally burst through the tape and be seen as the new dominant power, there would have to be necessary changes and transitions applied to the current situation in Hong Kong.

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China’s inability to deal with the current pro-democracy movements rampant in Hong Kong will be a determining factor in their bid for becoming the next super power. The tools implemented and the strategies used by the current regime in dealing with the protesters seem to remind us of a not too distant past in which the government “poisoned China’s relations with the outside world.” This event of course is the demonstrations that took place in 1989 at which blood stained the already emblazoned Tienanmen Square. The key is compromise. The factors is willingness and foresight necessary in establishing a better way of working with Hong Kong and in reality working with the fearful democracy the “People’s Emperors” fear.

“Hong Kong’s future, therefore, may rest heavily on whether Mr. Xi has the clout, skill and vision to figure out a solution that somehow keeps the territory stable without sparking copycat calls for change closer to home — and without dealing a heavy blow to his own prestige.” (A11)

The Chinese must change their ways of dealing with situations like this in order to survive. If their bid for a spot on the world scene as an integral if not more important player than the U.S., they had better figure out a way to embrace the two-system China that keeps stability and ensures fewer democracy protests yet keeps China in the race for economic power.

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