Dust Covered Pearl

Over the past month chaos in Hong Kong has continued to evolve. From protests against the implementation of a new extradition law to protests in front of the Legislative Council and protesters surrounding police forces. Also due to the upcoming elections in November, areas like Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin were blocked. While it is often claimed that the Hong Kong independence movement developed due to external forces, this is a matter that concerns only the city itself, and for that reason the central government has only observed as these developments unfold. But on July 21, one of the protests went too far when a small group of radical Protestors surrounded the central government office in Hong Kong, completely altering the situation so far only from "fighting" the implementation of a new extradition law, and becoming a movement for independence against the central government.

With this chaos in Hong Kong it is impossible not to think of Macau, only 62 kilometers away, and the reason why the city remains so calm. Especially now that Macau will attend the fifth election of the Chief Executive. The two cities, due to their physical proximity, have an intimate relationship, and although there is no official data to prove it, it is no exaggeration to say that one in five families in Hong Kong have a difficult relationship with Macau. Macau residents closely follow all developments in Hong Kong, and of course their reactions depend on the level of interest and attention, but the weak reaction of Macau to the situation in Hong Kong may also be related to the large presence of tourists from the mainland in the city, which have made it develop in tourism, gastronomy and commerce. But Hong Kong also enjoys the same benefits thanks to the continent. Why are mainland tourists rejected even though they are their biggest consumers? These tourists are continually criticized, even when children wear diapers, while British and Americans pretend to be deaf and continue to eat and drink in the subway and nobody says anything.

Hong Kong was a British colony and English is the most widely used language globally. British colonization was like an adoption by a royal family, and although the residents' blood is truly Chinese, they feel superior to others, especially from mainland Chinese. The most important is profit, and Hong Kong was one of the tigers of the East, and the city saw prosperity as a consequence of the British empire, not thinking about particular political conditions, making the city a bridge between the mainland and Taiwan. But with the development of direct relations between the two countries including direct flights, this function has been slowly disappearing. So the feeling of superiority no longer made sense and Hong Kong was not happy. For them, the honor offered to them by the British empire was subsequently stolen by the continent. However, it was exactly in the 1980s, when the continent lacked many materials, that products made in Hong Kong were sold in large quantities in mainland China. Now the continent has grown, and the advantages of Hong Kong have become less and less obvious. If these protests fighting for alleged democratic development continue, Hong Kong will suffer, bringing no happiness to the population.

* Senior Editor