"It's so obvious that Hong Kong's future is a part of China, I mean, what else can it be?" Martin Jacques, a senior fellow at Cambridge University, questioned radicals in Hong Kong at a recent program aired on Shanghai-based Dragon TV, adding that everything in Hong Kong is linked so profoundly to the mainland.
Jacques argues that looking west or looking back to Britain, which is going through the biggest political and constitutional crisis for two hundred years will not work for Hong Kong. “I ask them (the young in Hong Kong) which planet are you living in? What do you think you are doing?" He added.
Jacques believes that the fundamental problem about Hong Kong is that it was a British colony for 156 years, during this period, by and large, Hong Kong was extremely ignorant about China.
Jacques argues the remarkable vision of Reform and Opening-up has transformed China over the last 40 years with a constant rolling process. While in Hong Kong there is not one in the same way that there has been in the mainland.
"I think the most important single question for the Hong Kong government is a strategy of transformation of the social, economic conditions in Hong Kong to give people a sense of the future." Jacques said in the program.
(Compiled by Yang Yang)