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Losing Grip in Hong Kong - a Prolonged Failure to Engage the People

Hong Kong is unique - its history, its people, its strategic standing and certainly its political condition. With that said, I opine that Hong Kong's local governance, China's influence and control and western input, have all failed to grasp the basic necessities needed to return Hong Kong to its glory as a dynamic city, financial center and hub of East-West collaboration.

As a matter of fact, the failure of stakeholders to bring peace and calm back to the streets of Hong Kong, therefore places Hong Kong into a very peculiar position that could result in more unfortunate violence from radical local factions or from a dreaded invited intervention from Beijing.

Hong Kong's present condition is solvable. But to complete the process, to abate protests and to dissuade violence, the people must first be engaged in meaningful dialogue with their government. The people must be treated with the utmost respect and not talked down to as addresses by Chief Executive Carrie Lam have appeared to signal. 

As I have written on this Blog in the past in referencing the uprising of Hong Kong's youth, there is a dire need for an independent, true and broad commission to look into grievances of the people and to make recommendations with much input from the people as to the city's best way forward, while preserving present freedoms and the 'one-country-two systems' policy.

Reactionary violence by protesters will not solve Hong Kong's condition, neither will Beijing's insistence on sticking with Carrie Lam, nor the passing of resolutions by western nations to stand with protesters.

A bona fide commission consisting of stakeholders, and especially protest leaders, is needed forthwith to quell the current condition in Hong Kong, thus returning it to the dynamic metropolis that many people, including my eldest and third sons, have come to love and adore.