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[–]magnora7[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

This reddit thread has a lot of info about it too:

Hopefully China doesn't react unintelligently. If they try another Tienanmen Square, it will not end well. I don't know why they can't just wait until 2049 like they agreed upon, they are trying to force the issue in the worst way possible, now something like 25% of Hong Kong is protesting.

For the Chinese government, this is a lose-lose. If they give in, then they will have tons of protests all over China to deal with, of people trying to do the same. If they do nothing, the protests keep getting worse and worse and they might actually lose control of Hong Kong permanently. Although they'd probably go to war before they'd let that happen, but that would destroy their credibility on the world stage, which would result in sanctions by many countries, which would destroy their trade, and thus their economy.

The Chinese govt has to tread very, very lightly. They've put themselves in quite a bad position.

[–]Snow 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)


[–]magnora7[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Perhaps, but you cannot rise to be a global trading power without taking your international image in to account. The only reason China has risen so far over the last 40 years is because it's "Playing ball" with trade and so on. The instant they burn all that goodwill, then they have to rely on their internal economy to survive, and history shows that doesn't work out to well for China.

[–]Snow 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

They don't want to be a global trading power anymore. I know the nation is totally messed up right now.

[–]magnora7[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Also they left money next to vending machines they took drinks out of, with the notes saying "We are not thieves".

They've also been careful to protect the national library, and instead have focused entirely on the political parts of the building.

Lastly, the media and politicians are trying to convince people that the protesters have blocked ambulances, but there are videos showing the crowds parting for ambulances. The longer the crowd is directed, purposeful, and non-violent, the less control the government has. Everyone sees this, and they're doing an amazing job securing the exact demands they all want (cancelling the extradition bill entirely, not 'suspending' it), while harming nothing else.

It's as admirable as Iceland in 2008, or South Korea in 2016. People should really be paying attention to this. Our media is doing everything it can to downplay the demonstration of people power that this is. They don't want us learning by example.