2047: The Fight for the Future of Hong Kong | WSJ

2047: The Fight for the Future of Hong Kong | WSJ

(police sirens wailing) (phone beeping) (police sirens wailing) (protestors yelling in foreign language) (dramatic music) (tear gas cannons fire) (people yelling in foreign language) (police sirens wailing) (gentle music) (chattering in foreign language) – Hong Kong has always been a
place that embraces contrasts. (gentle music) It’s caught in between
its British colonial past and its future that’s so
intertwined to China’s. Hong Kong was handed back
from the UK to China in 1997 under an agreement called
One Country, Two Systems, and it was promised that
life would remain the same for 50 years in terms of things
like freedom of expression, the guarantee of human
rights, and the rule of law. These values are what
protestors are fighting on the streets to preserve. Hong Hong has always positioned itself as a place where East meets West, and the rule of law is what
gives Hong Kong its status as a global financial hub. Things like it’s legal
system, western values, and way of doing business. Foreign countries choose to
use Hong Kong as a conduit for their foreign investment into China, and has also been China’s
gateway to the world. Everything that’s been going
on in the past six months has really prompted not
just the protestors, but everyone in society
to really think about the future of the city and
what will happen in 2047. (crowd chattering) – [Kristie Lu Stout] Hong
Kong, this last week, we have seen reach a new boiling point, a level of violence we
have never seen before. – The increasingly
violent reality since June is hurting Hong Kong’s economy. (crowd chattering) (people screaming) (teargas cannon fires) (woman screams) – Behind me, about 1,000 police and tens of thousands of
protestors are facing off. (dramatic music) (people chattering) – [Natasha] You see many young
people in the front lines coming out week after week, and they’re talking about their future. A much broader part of
society is also coming out, because they have heeded
the young people’s calls and have come out to say, “Look, we’re standing
by these young people, “because they are the future of the city. “The future belongs to them.” (people chattering in foreign language) (siren blaring) (crowd yelling) (speaking in foreign language) (crowd clapping) – Carrie Lam is the chief executive, kind of the quasi-governor of Hong Kong, probably one of the worst political jobs you can have on the planet, because you have two constituencies: one, the people of Hong Kong, and the other, the Communist
Party and Xi Jinping in China, and it’s impossible to
serve those two masters. There comes a time in 2019
when Carrie Lam sees a moment to push a law that would
allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to
Beijing to be prosecuted under their more opaque system. For many in Hong Kong, it was the end of One Country Two Systems, and
that was the dividing line between maintaining western values and being kind of swallowed
up by mainland China. – [Kristie Stout] Let’s
now bring in Denise Ho. She has become a symbol
of the city’s struggle for civil freedoms from mainland China. – If the extradition bill passed, then Honk Kong would become
just another China city that is controllable to
the Chinese government, and they could extradite anyone
at any time as they please. (sirens wailing) I have been on the
streets many, many times. I am a singer, so I am one of the more, I’d say recognizable
faces of this movement, which is largely anonymous. We had a very low point
the past 4 1/2 years after the Umbrella Movement, where people were very disappointed. (crowd chanting in foreign language) – [Natasha] In 2014,
Hong Kong had one of its biggest democracy movements. It was called the Umbrella Movement. They were fighting so
that they could choose a leader of Hong Kong
through One Person, One Vote. The movement ended after 79 days, and the protestors did not get
what they were fighting for. 2019 is a continuation of 2014. It’s a resurgence of that
yearning for democracy. – If this extradition bill
was implemented in Hong Kong, it would mean that this firewall between the two systems would be eroded. (crowd chants in foreign language) – [Man On Megaphone] Say
no to extradition to China! – Right now I hear you’ve got
tens of thousands of people. Wow, you can really… Okay, it’s definitely teargas being fired. – [Natasha] June 16th was a
historic day for Hong Kong, when an estimated two million
people took to the streets. They wanted the extradition
bill to be fully withdrawn. – On July 1st, the protestors broke into the Legislative Council
and took over the building. (alarm bell ringing) We’re standing under the
Legislative Council, or LegCo, which is the focus of
the protestors’ anger. This is the quasi-democratic
government building that governs Hong Kong under
One Country, Two Systems. The LegCo is set up to maintain a majority of pro-Beijing lawmakers, and that has fueled the
anger of the protestors. (crowd chanting in foreign language) – The central nervous
system of these protests has been the closed messaging
app called Telegram, and also a Reddit-like
website called LIHKG. This was a technology that led up to the invasion of the LegCo on July 1st. Messages started going around on Telegram, “Hey, we’re looking for volunteers, “people who are willing to
go into LegCo and occupy it.” The messaging apps have
allowed for these protests to move a kind of hyperspeed. The protestors’ slogan is “Be Water.” Be formless and move in the moment. – Previously, we are more
accustomed to this mentality that this fight for freedom
should be peaceful protests, but then an action that
came from these people who went into the LegCo,
that changed the whole course of this fight for freedom in Hong Kong. – [Andrew Ross] Markets
investors of course watching all of this closely. – [Sue Lannin] It’s been
two months now of protests. Retail sales are really being hit. – [Natasha] Protestors
began targeting businesses with China connections,
especially those that they felt was against their cause. Hong Kong has always been quite vulnerable to the US-China trade tensions and a slowdown in the Chinese economy. Hong Kong had already
been caught in the middle, and its economy affected. (crowd chattering) – When you are facing this government who does not respond to these calls for human rights and democracy, you have to think how
to make them respond, and what do they care most about? They care about the economy,
they care about money, basically, and so the
airport was one of the places where that would be disrupted. – On the nights of the
12th and 13th of August, we came on the train that takes people from Hong Kong island into the airport. And what we saw immediately was thousands and thousands of protestors. (crowd chattering) And they basically locked
the whole place down. – Hello, hello. I was at the airport in the first day. There were huge amount of people. (crowd chattering) – All of the outbound flights
to the 200 destinations this airport serves completely
shuttered for the evenings, and it was a huge moment in Hong Kong, because it was the
moment where this wasn’t just about Hong Kongers
and local people any more, but it really hit the place as an international financial center. The airport is really a symbol
of the city’s global status. It acts as a hub for western
businesses accessing China and Chinese businesses
accessing the rest of the world. There’s a lot of people living here, expats working for
multinational corporations. A lot of companies choose
to make this their Asia HQ. The rule of law is very
important to western investors. They need to know that their contracts are going to be honored, and
also that their employees can operate here in a well-understood and reasonable legal system, a little bit different
to the way things work in mainland China. The Hang Seng Index, which is
Hong Kong’s main stock index, fell to its lowest level
since the protests started. The market reaction to the protest and what was going on here in the airport, in general, was a symbol
of this sort of threat to Hong Kong’s financial status. (crowd yelling) – The second day, people were
I guess a little bit desperate to get the effects that they wanted, so then somehow they resorted
to more aggressive ways. (crowd chattering in foreign language) – Because of the detention
by the protestors of a couple of people that they believed were from the mainland, and they thought they were spying on them, and the violence that was perpetrated effectively against those people is what caused the police to come in here. (people yelling) – We ran outside of the airport because we thought that the
police were leaving the scene. They were getting into their vans, and they were driving away. (siren wailing) A small group of police officers rushed back into the airport. We were just on the other side here filming through the glass. (crowd yelling) He had his baton taken off him, he had his shield taken off him. He was being beaten against the wall, and eventually, he drew his pistol, and he pointed it at the protestors. As soon as it was finished,
we put it up on Twitter, and it immediately went viral. – [Reporter] This was the scene earlier at Hong Kong International Airport, as police in riot gear fought
with all these protestors. (crowd yelling) – Videos and photos shared
by protestors on the ground has been such an integral
part of this movement. A lot of people are just
watching these clashes in their city unfold in real time. It’s really propelled the movement. The movement started with opposition to that extradition bill,
but it has since widened to five demands of the protestors that they want the government to meet: the withdrawal of the extradition bill, a judge-led independent
inquiry into how police have handled the protests, amnesty for all arrested protestors, the removal of the designation
of any protests as riots, and finally, true democracy. (crowd chanting in foreign language) – The government will
formally withdraw the bill. – [Matt Bradley] In
addition to this withdrawing of the extradition bill, they want some more democratic norms. (crowd chanting) – [Lisa Millar] Hong Kong
pro-democracy activists are making it clear they’ll
do everything possible to disrupt celebrations to
mark the 70th anniversary of Chinese communist rule. – October 1st was the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China. All across the country,
there were celebrations. In Hong Kong, it was one
of the most violent days the city had seen in years. (teargas cannon fires) (crowd yelling) (crowd chanting) (people yelling) (man yelling on megaphone) (teargas cannon fires) (gun bangs) (gentle music) (gentle music) – For this whole situation to come to some sort of resolution, it really has to be
kickstarted by the government, because there’s no way for the people to be able to suddenly back
down with nothing in hand. – [Trevor Ault] Carrie Lam
has just announced a ban on protestors wearing masks. – [Ramy Inocencio] You
can still see people are wearing masks in defiance. – [Kristie Lu Stout] The city faces two consecutive orders of contraction. That’s the technical
definition of a recession. – [Ian Pannell] 500
protestors are still holed up inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. (man speaking foreign language) – [Natasha] There’s been
an escalation of force from both the protestors and police. Some of the fiercest battles
were on the universities, because the nature of
the clash had changed from taking to the streets
to defending a certain area. (explosion rumbles) After six months of protests, the city has officially
been tipped into recession. Protests have been one factor in this. The streets are emptier. Tourism is a big component
of the economy in Hong Kong, and that’s definitely suffered a big dent. It’s uncertain still
how this is gonna unfold and whether there will really
be an end to this crisis. – This is a very new Hong
Kong that we’re seeing, this solidarity among the people, the new Hong Kong identity. Who would have thought that Hong Kong would be able to sustain this fight against this huge machine
that no other country would be willing to come
against in such a fashion. – Where is this all headed
is really difficult to say. A lot of it depends on what
is in the mind of one man, Xi Jinping, who has a range
of options before him, from allowing Hong Kong to
have the kind of autonomy that the city’s residents clearly want, or using the overwhelming
power of the Chinese economy and Chinese military
to crush this movement once and for all. – The Chinese government
has to be a bit cautious about how it handles
the protest situation, because precisely the things
that make Hong Kong valuable are at risk if they crack down too hard. – It would obviously alter a lot of calibrations of companies, and it’s raising a lot of
questions among the people here about the place they wanna live in. (people chattering in foreign language) (people chattering in foreign language) (gentle music)

100 thoughts on “2047: The Fight for the Future of Hong Kong | WSJ

  1. It has NOT been 50 years since the 1997 Handover (only about 22 years)! The Chinese Communist government has been increasingly oppressing Hongkongers while quickly depriving Hongkongers of their democracy, freedom and independence. The Chinese Communist government's human organ harvesting and oppression of the Uighur and Tibetan people have set Hongkongers apart from the mainland Chinese. For almost 200 years, Hongkongers are not Chinese and Hong Kong has never been part of China.

  2. WSJ totally twisted the picture of reality. You only present the truth you want audience to believe. You missed the truth how brutal those routers beat innocent people just because they have different opinions. You missed the truth that rioters got paid Money by hitting policeman and they are funded. You missed the truth that the rioters broke shops, bank ATM, throw petrol bottle into subway cart where innocent people are inside. They are not pro-democracy protestor. They are terrorists.

  3. The CCP army disguise of HK police to kill thousands of people in Hong Kong since 6/12. They intend to undermine the hong kong freedom and take place genocide in Hong Kong.

  4. Hongkong & China : One country, Two systems..
    Palestine & Israel : Two countries, One land…
    Well done UK… Well done 😑

  5. I have never understood, the United States in the world burning, killing, looting, not now the ongoing war is the United States started, why would a bunch of fools to support the United States. And a bunch of thugs in Hong Kong are fighting for freedom of speech: beat, smash, rob, you still think they're doing the right thing?

  6. I have never understood, the United States in the world burning, killing, looting, not now the ongoing war is the United States started, why would a bunch of fools to support the United States. And a bunch of thugs in Hong Kong are fighting for freedom of speech: beat, smash, rob, you still think they're doing the right thing?

  7. I have never understood, the United States in the world burning, killing, looting, not now the ongoing war is the United States started, why would a bunch of fools to support the United States. And a bunch of thugs in Hong Kong are fighting for freedom of speech: beat, smash, rob, you still think they're doing the right thing?

  8. HK police uses “excessive force”?! do you all americe dogs know if you every try to do this to americe police, you, being americe dogs, will be shot to death?

  9. “主耶穌基督,我相信你是上帝的真子,你死在十字架上是為了救我脫離我的罪孽,死亡,並使我重返天堂,與天父和聖靈同在。我現在選擇從我的罪惡,我的自私方式以及我生活中無法取悅您的每一部分中轉身。我選擇為您服務,我選擇將一生奉獻給您。我相信您。我相信您就是這樣,我接受你進入我的心,我的靈魂和我的思想,我選擇服務你,接受你的愛和寬恕,我要求你在我生命中應有的地位當我的主,救主,請諸位君主和萬王之王統治您的和平,愛與幸福,進入我的心和靈魂,使我的內心和靈魂充滿您的愛與生命,幫助我成為一個更好的人真正的愛與信任-像您這樣的人,請從困擾我的魔鬼實體中洗淨我的思想,身體和靈魂孔壽命。願你奉獻的血能洗淨我的罪孽,並奉你的名耶穌基督恢復我的思想,身體和靈魂。讓我通過你生活,愛,學習和成長。請在我,天父和聖靈的名字中祝福我的靈魂,並以您的名義幫助補充我的思想,身體和靈魂的力量。謝謝你,聖地的神和聖靈。我奉耶穌的名祈禱。阿們”

  10. Quite a number of Hong Hongers have no sense of belongings. They don’t take themselves as Chinese, nor they get official recognition from the British government. They are doomed to be marginalized.

  11. New House Hill sexual abuses, peay-sudrone disappeared people, naked fouldsea floating on the sea such as 15 years old Chan Yin Lam(Trugn ienlaumn), unexplained huge number of body discoveries, peay-zonedrone sent to Communist China on Toll bridge, troops of Pu Hua speaking popo without badge number nor warrant card shown, disqualifying pro-democracy law makers, 22 years old graduate Chow Tsz Lok (Jout Gievlocke) fell to death from one floor up, but coroner's report says he lost consciousness or serious ability to move before he fell ……Honkongers need to continue their protest until those who are arrested are free and Hongkong is free to choose their own chief to undo the harms Madame Lam has done. N'd dire seauculd, cuedt yud, butthoar.

  12. HK is not reliable anymore, even before this event. Investor prefer more stable destination like Singapore and even Shenzhen is new promising land for investor. So maybe HK is not so important after all, either to China or to financial economy.

  13. What a hypocrite, the US can extradite people from other country, e.g. Canada, so why can’t China does it in its own country?

  14. HEY!! Don't let the Commie's Distract you with Christmas while they attack Hong Kong! Make Hong Kong conversation at every Holiday Party and Meal!! Support Hong Kong!!
    Google this!!! " Police freeze HK$70 million raised by Spark Alliance for Hong Kong protesters, with group suspected of using money for personal gain and rewards" -South china morning Post.

  15. Why does china need so much control? What do they gain? Probably more military power. But why do you need so much power? To rule the world? Why do you want that? And what do you do when you have the controle of the world?

  16. These young people never been to Macao. Young people there praise the People's Liberation Army based in Macao. Macao residents love Xi and Chinese army there for keeping city safe. Everyone is talking Macao now as the next Taiwan.

  17. Lee Guan Yu who fought the British for Singapore freedom warned about the British planting landmines in HK handover to China. They intentionally negotiated for full democracy when they banned democracy under colonial rule….No protests No election.

  18. its still one country ..2 systems ,,,,,and if you think it stll isnt ,,,,you got something coming to you ,,,,,,,china would have been in HK sorting you all out in 3 days ,,,so dont go bragging on about how you had a fight with china and no one else dared to do so ,,,your twisting people minds with what you say (thats for that singers coments)

  19. 人,最宝贵的是生命;它,给予我们只有一次。人的一生,应当这样度过:当他回首往事时,不因虚度年华而悔恨,也不因碌碌无为而羞耻;这样在他临死的时候,他就能够说:我已经把我的整个生命和全部精力,都献给了这个世界上最壮丽的事业——为了人类的解放而斗争

  20. U.S. NED Hiring:
    Job title: Hongkong Protester, Chilean Protester
    Job describe: join the parade, fight with policeman and government
    Benifit: $200 a day, extra $1000 for destroying public facilites (subway, universities, airport, etc.), extra $5000 of you been hurt by police (no cheating, we will vedio record the scene). Sugestion for the $5000 bonus, try to irratate the police.

  21. These young rioters are doing harm to Hong Kong’s future, not because they are idealistic about their so-called democracy, but for the simplest reason: they are either unemployed or poorly paid and now they get well paid by you know who. Exactly the same sinister situations had happened in many other countries, all originated from the same instigating country.

  22. Therefore, money not only talks but also can make people (especially the young ones) do things you can’t imagine. Idealism on their minds? Lol, that would be the biggest joke of the century.

  23. The trouble is more between the police and the lawless youth. What a deluded position to say that the police upholding the law against anarchy is wrong. These are just immature kids that have played too many video games and now want to destroy a city with sticks and stones. Very childish behaviour.

  24. Oh❢❢ It's former Chinese leader Jiang Ze Min's EVIL face, HK Chief Executive Carrie "Curry Lamb" Lam, current Chinese leader Xi "Winnie the Pooh" Jin Ping, and the EVIL communist People's Republic of China's Hong Kong police. 😠😠😠😠

  25. so in English, riot and teriost means peaceful protest and lovely neighborhood? Are we using different dictionary or some cultural differences?

  26. This is kind of like the Korean War North and South hopefully it will have the same result….Communism fell flat on its face

  27. As a person in mainland China, I sincerely say that we really love our friends in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Guangdong, Taiwan and southern Fujian. They speak the same dialect. We use the same words and we have the same appearance. I know it's hard to tell right and wrong, but I really hope the family don't quarrel

  28. 香港是中国不可分割的一部分,所以想分裂HK和中国政府的人可以滚了,你们不可能成功的。

  29. More than two thirds of Hong Kong's population did not want to be handed over to China in 1997. They never wanted to belong to mainland China. Most wanted either to remain British or become an independent city state like Singapore. China tried to "win them over" with mandatory "patriotism" lessons in school. Well, the classic indoctrination methods may have worled in mainland China but they obviously haven't in Hong Kong. The reason is simple: No internet censorship.

  30. soon or later, your countries president is choosen by small group of the people in the deep gov, no one ever knew them even met them. and you must obey them. do you want it ?
    Just like China and some Muslim countries.


  32. Most of the comments here make no sense in reality….the progress is on the Mainland…the money is on the mainland …the purpose Hong Kong filled has no value without the mainland…..stupid is as stupid does….bite the hand that feeds you.

  33. China and India seem to be taking the same path of totalitarianism.
    And as for the US it only seems to be speaking against China because the US is afraid of China's competition but what about India why doesn't US speak against the fascist government in India right now.

    All 3 governments are evil to some extent.

    God bless humanity.

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