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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-2-3 04:14|
DIGGING OUT THE HONGKONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS' AGENDA REGARDING THE HOSTAGE TRAGEDY
Diggit started this post, and ever since he/she ignited this debate, Diggit has disappeared back into cyberspace. Has anyone dug out Diggit from the dark matter outside?
The Hongkong democracy activists are using this high publicity event to force the Hongkong Chief Executive to do the impossible. Sanctions on the Philippine government can achieve only so much. He will be sliding down the slippery slope soon to begin sanctioning the poor maids and manual workers from the Philippines, to add more pressure on Manila. After a while, he will get protests from the displaced workers who will then have to be arrested and shipped back to Manila, all the while, the Hongkong residents will be fuming at his "incompetence" in not extracting an apology he could not get, and in further aggravating their discomfiture by forcing them to wash their own latrines, change the diapers of their babies, and cook their own meals when they come back from work.
The Philippines, on the other hand, by inviting international intervention in its territorial disputes with China, has become associated with the chain of containment that ultimately threatens China with a ring of WMDs. This was what the Chinese MOFA had warned about "making the dispute even more complicated". Now, all the Chinese officials dealing with the Philippines have to be wary of making a blunder of allowing China to be put under siege by foreign powers, if they concede too much to the Philippines. In short, by getting foreign support, the Philippines is giving away part of whatever China may concede to her, to her foreign backers, apart from inducing China to reduce the concession it would have otherwise offered.
However, this case clearly has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty. It would be a blunder for Hongkong to insist that the Philippines surrender its diplomatic sovereignty by having its national government apologize for the mistakes of a city government, horrible as the botched up outcome was. Any demand for apology from the Philippine government must come directly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Beijing, as otherwise, Hongkong would be establishing its de facto independence from China, in conducting its own diplomatic relations with other sovereign countries.
This blunder by the Hongkong government would have more serious repercussions on China's sovereignty and its diplomatic status as a sovereign government, than the hostage tragedy itself.