The Chinese ambassador to Britain has told the FT that Hong Kong would descend into chaos if the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement went ahead and, in fact, occupied Central.
This sort of fear mongering has of course been going on for a few months now and the ambassador is only the latest Chinese government mouth piece to parrot the chaos line. The problem of course is that when people are faced with increasing authoritarianism and restrictions of personal and press freedoms, there comes a point in time when trading chaos for the status quo makes good sense. Yes, most people like stability. At the same time, most people do not like living under authoritarian rule. The question is when will Hong Kong reach the tipping point?
A few years ago I would have said the controlled decline towards Chinese rule will probably carry on so slowly that there will not be a tipping point. However, with CY Leung, the process has been accelerated to such an extent that it may only be another year or two before the real chaos arrives.