— adam najberg (@adamnajberg) October 2, 2014
James Fallows has been providing a most informative series of links at the Atlantic. He wrote on Tuesday:
… It would be wonderful to think that the PRC leadership would take the soft-power, high-road route out of this confrontation. It could recognize the maturity and responsibility of the newly politically aware Hong Kong populace. It could cannily assess the advantages to China of “controlling” Hong Kong while letting it continue to operate with rule of law, uncensored Internet, untrammeled media, free universities, transparent financial markets, and all the other attributes of a first-world center. With a light hand, the PRC government could have it both ways.
But that’s not likely. Any more than it’s likely that the current leaders will throw the doors to China open to the world’s journalists—which would be the best way to advance the country’s image, given that more interesting/good is underway there than depressing/bad—or that they’ll uncensor the Internet or realize that they’re magnifying their problems in the long run by jailing, for life, a moderate, intellectual leader of the Uighur cause. This is why it is hard to imagine a pleasant ending to the currently inspiring movement in Hong Kong.
I could say that the Chinese leadership is on a self-destructive course—but, hell, I have said that about America at countless stages. For now, thanks to Hai Zhang; consider reading these items; and most sincere admiration and best wishes to the people of Hong Kong.
Occupy Central – The Hong Kong Democracy Protests (First four days) http://t.co/khFSD4JRyF
— David McGregor (@dave_van_damn) October 2, 2014
— Kris Cheng (@krislc) October 2, 2014
— Sameer Chishty (@sameerchishty) October 2, 2014
— Sarah Clarke (@sarahclarkeabc) October 2, 2014