Beijing picks their next puppet for Hong Kong
Leung Chun-ying is out. Having tried and failed to control Hong Kong’s blossoming Democracy movement, the puppet masters in Beijing have decided to switch puppets.
The new guy, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang, won’t be any different — because he won’t be any more of a decision maker than the last puppet was.
This is why people like Democracy, and hate Communism and/or dictatorships, among many other reasons.
Here’s a bit about Tsang from AFP —
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s finance chief resigned Monday (Dec 12) ahead of what is widely expected to be a tilt at the city leadership.
John Tsang – nicknamed “Mr Pringles” by local media for his resemblance to the crisp brand’s mascot – is seen as a more moderate alternative to current leader Leung Chun-ying, who said Friday he would step down in July.
The city has become sharply divided under Leung, whose term has been marked by anti-Beijing protests. Opponents cast him as a puppet of the Chinese government squeezing the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms.
Tsang confirmed to reporters Monday evening that he had resigned after more than nine years, but stopped short of announcing he would run for the leadership.
“I shall think through this in the coming days and make an announcement,” he said.
He used the opportunity to thank the Chinese government for their “support and encouragement” as well as the people of Hong Kong.
Tsang recapped how he had witnessed the city returned to “our motherland” – referring to the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997.
He also said that Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy had been “successfully implemented”.
The finance secretary’s resignation is being seen as a signal that he will stand in the leadership elections in March. Candidates are not allowed to hold a government office if they want to stand for chief executive. Although Tsang has a better public image than Leung, he is still an establishment figure.
Pro-democracy campaigners have warned the next city leader will simply be another Beijing yes-man as the vote system is skewed. The chief executive is chosen by an electoral committee made up of representatives of special interest groups, weighted towards Beijing.