Saturday, October 11, 2014

An Open Letter to Xi Jinping from the Hong Kong Students

Here's the link to the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) webpage showing the English version of an open letter addressed to Xi Jinping from HKFS and Scholarism:-

An Open Letter dated 11th October, 2014

I can see the great effort that the students have made in their attempt to allay fears that Chinese leaders may have been harboring about Hong Kong trying to organize a color revolution, which has never been the case in the first place. Therefore great emphasis has been placed on the motto "the issue of politics to be resolved by politics" ("政治問題政治解决"), implying that this should not be mistaken for an attempt to slight China's sovereign power over Hong Kong. Also, the letter stresses that the proposed political reform, being a Hong Kong problem, should best be resolved within Hong Kong, meaning that Hong Kong people's wishes must be taken into account if only out of respect for the "one country, two systems" framework.

The crux of the letter is naturally to lay blame where it is justifiably due - on C. Y. Leung.

Perhaps one can say that the translation (or the original) of the letter could have been improved on, but the students' selfless sincerity and courage of conviction of ideals that pervades throughout cannot be denied and more than makes up for the literary imperfection.


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