The State Council Of The Peoples Republic Of China

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The State Council of the Peoples Republic of China violates the Hong Kong Basic Law by purposefully creating a pro-Beijing majority in the Hong Kong Election Committee and thus denies citizens participation in the election of their Chief Executive. This social injustice forms part of a larger social justice struggle whereby the autonomy of Hong Kong is slowly being eroded by Central Government control. Hong Kong citizens have long been discontent with the Chinese Central Government over concerns about their long-term political freedom. Many believe in the principles set forth by their British colonisers: capitalism, free trade and freedom of speech. In contrast, China believes in communism by means of a one-party state and censorship. As a result of the huge disparity of social, economic and political freedoms between Hong Kong and China, Hong Kong citizens have developed their own sense of national pride, a type of ‘Hong Kong-centric identity’ that celebrates their autonomy from the Central Government (Leung). Indeed a 2011 poll found that 67% of Hong Kong citizens considered them ‘Hong Kong people’ first and ‘Chinese’ second showing the deep-rootedness of the cultural divide that exists between Hong Kong and China (The University of Hong Kong). Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of China and its citizens have never accepted Hong Kong as a separate state; the reason for which lies in China’s history. When the British won the Opium Wars, they forced China into an unequal
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