As fears of a police crackdown grows in Hong Kong and the protesters sit down for talks with the Hong Kong government, I have to ask a simple question; Why is Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying so important?
I have to ask this because the man seem to be the central figure in the
protest. One of the main demands of the pro-democracy protesters is the resignation
of Mr. Leung. However that is something Beijing is refusing to grant. Why?
I mean it's obvious the man have little credibility left and even if he
survive, he will find it almost impossible to govern Hong Kong. It is also obvious
he is nothing but a yes-man for Beijing! Thus far under his leadership, his
team has done nothing but rubberstamp everything given to them by Beijing. In short, the guy is not important!
So why don't China just get rid of him, appease the protesters, and put
another yes-man in charge? I mean the guy is just a figurehead, so why not get
rid of him and put in another (more useful) figurehead?
The reason seem to be face and pride and that is just stupid. Beijing need
to look at the grand picture and the long-term. Hong Kong is not Tibet or
Xinjiang, this is a problem that could be easily solved. Sure, some demands of
the protesters like universal suffrage are not easy matters to solve but others
like the resignation of a useless figurehead are. I mean is Leung Chun-ying really
that important to them?
No! So get rid of him, that will defuse the situation and they can start getting
protesters off the streets. If they don't and start cracking down, that will
just galvanise the protesters and it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. With Tibet and Xinjiang on their plate, that's the last thing Beijing need right now.