The great blog ESWN had an article translation that should send chills up the spine of anyone who wants Taiwan’s future to be democratic:

… In the March 26 issue of TIME magazine, Hong Kong was on the front cover with the lead story being an interview with Chief Executive Donald Tsang. The local media obviously focused on this interview. In the same issue, there was a more important essay that nobody paid attention to. Not a single word was quoted by the Hong Kong media. This essay was written by the Executive Council convener Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) who is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Consultative Council. …

The essay covers the issues, from China’s point of view, of what it means to be a “child of the motherland” — and what is Taiwan’s relationship to China, according to the pro-Beijing crowd? ESWN goes on to comment:

The title of Leung’s essay is Child of Motherland. From the title, it does not seem to be any big deal. But the sub-heading pointed out the main point of the essay in a clear way: “As a part of China, Hong Kong cannot and may not autonomously determine its own democratic system.” Leung wrote: “Unlike other colonies, Hong Kong did not become independent. It became part of a nation — China — and was given not full but a “high degree” of autonomy, under the principle of ‘one country, two systems.’”

Two key points here. First, when Taiwan is part of China it cannot determine what government it should have (“As a part of China, Hong Kong cannot and may not autonomously determine its own democratic system.”). That is for Beijing alone to say. And second, “one country, two systems” is a sham, for under that rubric, Hong Kong does not have its own system, it merely has a high degree of autonomy, which China is slowly eliminating. In other words, the “other system” of the “two systems” isn’t another system, but the same system as China — as I said the other day, “my system is my system, and your system is my system.” If Beijing really wanted to lure the Taiwanese into the fold, suppressing democracy in Hong Kong is a bad move. What does that suggest about Beijing’s strategy vis-a-vis Taiwan?