Competition between Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Western Democracy


At Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress, Xi Jinping put forth his Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. In his report to the Congress, he stressed that China now has road self-confidence, theory self-confidence, system self-confidence and culture self-confidence (four self-confidences) and put forth Chinese model as an alternative to Western democracy.

Therefore, analysts believe current US trade and tech wars, provocations at the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait and attacks at China’s Belt and Road initiative are in fact a war between two ideologies.

Since China has the four self-confidences why does China not let Hong Kong have Western democracy to compete with socialism with Chinese characteristics?

China indeed has advantages in competing with Western democracy in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong now is a split city like the US where there are messy politics that have caused the president unable to do what he wants due to obstacles from Congress and courts.

Previously I said in my posts that Xi is a person of quick decision and quick action.

True enough, he now sets Shenzhen as a pioneer demonstration zone for the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

I believe that Xi is wise to see that Hong Kong people’s pursuit of Western democracy cannot be suppressed even by force. Then it is better to let them have Western democracy to compete with socialism with Chinese characteristics in its close neighbor Shenzhen.

SCMP says in its editorial “Shenzhen experiment could shape China’s future growth”, “Shenzhen recently announced tax incentives to attract talent in hi-tech industries, offering a rate lower than Hong Kong. Innovative ideas for growth could include focusing on fintech, legal reforms and easing up on restrictions on the free flow of capital and information, all of which would cut into Hong Kong’s advantages.”

In addition, a chief executive elected by universal suffrage like US president may be hindered by the legislative council. Those who oppose universal suffrage may conduct non-cooperation activities to block train and road traffic and cause commercial areas to close

Moreover, Shenzhen has abundant financial and other supports from the Central government but Hong Kong has none. Its people will be fully cooperative with the government to ensure the success of socialism with Chinese characteristics as they have the above-mentioned four self-confidneces.

If so, Hong Kong will certainly lose in the competition.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s editorial, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3023307/shenzhen-experiment-could-shape-chinas-future-growth.


17 Comments on “Competition between Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Western Democracy”

  1. Simon says:

    A few weeks ago I was working as photographer at a graduation ceremony at British university that has many Mainland Chinese and some HK students. The Mainlanders are far more wealthier than the HK counterpart. Also I notice Mainland students are much more friendlier and a lot more open in their attitudes than HK students. They don’t know me but happy to pose for me and accepted me unlike HK students who is largely uncooperative and cold.
    Something that caught me by surprise was a Mainland female postgrad students with her family and she wanted us to take photos of her and her Bangladeshi boyfriend kissing in front of an iconic university building. Now how many HKers would date a dark skinned foreigner? Can you imagine a HKer’s parent’s revulsion to their well educated daughter with a life ahead of her being allowed to start a family with a dark boy? No I cant because I don’t know any and also I believe HKers tend to have a closed attitude to other races if they are not white.

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  2. Steve says:

    If democracy is a state of exemplariness and excellence, Donald Trump would not have been elected as POTUS. As long as elections are relevant in US democracy, it will never surpass China’s Socialism with Chinese characteristics. Why.? China’s one party democracy that unites all political parties has the superb ability to reform quickly for the benefit of the nation and people. No referendum or plebiscite required. Example, the UK Brexit referendum is a mess. US multi political parties cannot agree with each other. China’s innovation is unmatchable. The US cannot reform its poor infrastructure policies, no high speed rail, education in decline, high debts and the list is never ending.

    Hong Kong western democracy will become demoncrazy, a leaderless and headless bunch of shameless idiots. HK will not survive without China and China will not allow these unfilial bunch of dog waste run down HK.

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  3. Simon says:

    If China deprive HK of 5G network from Huawei watch the city sink in a few months.
    Some anti China western media thinks the riots may cause international business to back Singapore to replace HK as financial hub of Asia. That is rubbish because it is China that made HK the financial hub it is today because it was a gateway to the Chinese market. Singapore is a gateway to nowhere. China can elect any of it cities on the Mainland to replace HK as it new gateway.

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  4. Simon says:

    Under British rule there is no democracy in HK, people there were not even allowed to protest. China gave HK something resembling western democracy and it is this that is causing problems. The young are not partcularly patriotic and they think western countries are land of milk and honey. It is hardly surprising nearly all HK Chinese living in the West for many years do not support these anti government demonstrators in HK.

    International celebrities such as Jackie Chan has come out in defemce of the Chinese national flag. Jackie more than most HK Chinese is well travelled and understand the laws, culture and attitudes of other countries towards Chinese people, I will take his words a million times more valued than any politicians or any naive young protestors/rioters who were never schooled to respect the law, their elders their country and their fellow Chinese. The way they tossed the Chinese flag into the sea and wave the American and British flags they are traitors in my eyes and a disgrace to my race. I declare these bastards not Chinese or HKers anymore. They are Gwailo butt kissings gooks and they are all welcome to leave and seek asylum to Trump’s racist America and let the white supremists nazis over there back scuttling them.

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  5. the watcher says:

    Freedom equals innovation. The freedom to speak openly is highly prized by the people of Hong Kong. This concept is not understood by Chinese mainlanders.

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    • komonsense says:

      absolutes equals absolute stupidity. this concept is not understood by inbred imbeciles.

      u should ask the pentagon about chinese weapons innovation–the DF 21 carrier killer missile, the hypersonic anti-ship missilem the mobile quantum radars that can detect things as small as mosquitoes as well as the once-stealth F35—all the new weapons that the cowardly white vermin has no defence against.

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      • examples says:

        Do you consider the WS-15 engine an example of Chinese innovation?

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        • komonsense says:

          do u consider all jet engines that were copies of Mr. Messerschmidt’s invention to be an example of western innovation?

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          • answer the question says:

            Frank Whittle was the inventor of the jet engine. Willie Messerschmidt’did not invent the jet engine.You need to study harder before you post,

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            • Joseph says:

              Did you study harder before you post? Actually, the inventor of jet engine is Maxime Guilame. Frank Whittle only patented the first British jet engine that did not even worked. While Messerschmitt did not invent the first jet engines, they did make the first operational jet aircraft. The subsequent jet engines were indeed the copies of NAZI Messerschmitt engines, be it British Rolls Royce or American and Soviet jet engines.

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        • Joseph says:

          WS-15 IS an example of Chinese innovation. It uses new type of metal that the Chinese innovates. It succeeds where the American fails to develop similar engine for the F-35. As the result, the American is forced to use F-16 engine with turbo booster on F-35, which makes the F-35 to be unstealthy. There are reports that the American is trying to acquire/steal/hack WS-15 secrets. I believe it led to significant CIA agents being executed by China’s secret service in 2016-2017, reducing their spies in China significantly. The American did wail about the lost of their intelligence assets due to growing Chinese intelligence sophistications.

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    • Simon says:

      What innovation came out of HK since they recieved freedom from 1997?

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    • tito says:

      Has Democracy ever existed in Hong Kong under British colonial rule?

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      • Steve says:

        Nice one — the only way as I see it is to abolish the one country 2 systems and assimilate HK into One China’s plans. Its a tough decision and will cause riots, but China need to find a way educating HK people and may impose curfew thru militia ….

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      • Simon says:

        This also reflects the above video and sums up how out of touch these rioters are when they tried to stop a foreign businessman at the airport

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    • Steve says:

      It always feel good to fart thru your mouth …

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  6. johnleecan says:

    Hong Kong has been irrelevant since the early 2000. China has already opened up especially with its entry into WTO. Why do we need Hong Kong to do business with China when you can go directly to China? All first timers with no exceptions visiting China’s factories and wholesale markets are blown away by the mind boggling dirt cheap incredible prices.

    Chinese mainlanders(even only those high school graduates) are so talented and cunning that they go overseas, thought of doing businesses never been thought by locals and even taipans of that country. The surprising thing is that these mainlanders even control, but not monopolize, these businesses and help bring down the prices of so many items. These mainlanders made sure they sell low but in large volumes – a trait that older Chinese generations have been doing for hundreds of centuries and was only abandoned by the Chinese generation that was influenced by the west – that is wanting big mark-up and get rich quick schemes.

    Now, why would anyone want to visit Hong Kong?

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