Beijing’s Catch-22

Mark C. Eades | 25 June 2014 | U.S. News

Simply put, Beijing is caught in a Catch-22 situation that it cannot win, and that observers in the West should take great pleasure in watching it flounder about with. Hong Kong is a no-win proposition for the dictators in Beijing — allow democracy to take root in Hong Kong and risk losing control of mainland China, or crack down on democracy in Hong Kong and risk losing Taiwan.

All of which should prove deeply satisfying to anyone not committed to the notion that eternal Communist Party rule is indispensable to China’s future. Hong Kong’s democracy movement presents the vision of an infinitely better China than that the dictators in Beijing have to offer. That’s what those old buzzards are afraid of, so let’s enjoy watching them squirm.

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