On March 1st 2013, Hong Kong implemented “2-tin limit“, which outlaws the export of more than 1.8 kg (*2 tins) of powdered formula for children under 3 without a license. Mainland Chinese of all social classes lambaste Hong Kong for establishing an “evil law” against formula smugglers and not relieving their demand of foreign-made formula, and they call the city a “spoilt brat” who indulges in “one country, two systems”. Some Mainland Chinese pledge that they will take revenge on Hongkongers when China has democracy. On the other side of the border, Hongkongers are revolted by the bully of China and the Chinese propaganda machine, which stirs up anti-Hong Kong sentiment to shift the blame onto the city.
At the expense of Hong Kong people
The following is an RTHK’s documentary on how Mainland Chinese demand for safe food and daily commodities has turned Sheung Shui into a miserable place for local residents.
Background information: Choi Yuen Plaza (16:11) was formerly a shopping centre and a wet market serving the grassroots community of Choi Yuen Estate, a public housing. Under the Link Reit, the wet market was demolished and remodelled to become an extension of the shopping centre, which is now composed of chains that serve Mainland Chinese.
Hong Kong protested against the imprisonment of Zhou Lianhai in 2010
In Nov 2010, political groups in Hong Kong protested against the imprisonment of Zhou Lianhai, a dissident who fights for the victims of the tainted milk scandal in 2008.
Mainland Chinese of all classes lambaste Hong Kong
Wang Shou (the chief editor of Caixin Media): Hong Kong uses imprisonment to threaten Mainland Chinese formula-carrying clan, besides lacking conscience, the act is retarded as well. The appearance of Mainland Chinese formula-carrying clan is an accident. They do put strain on the supply of Hong Kong formula. However, it will be relieved when international milk companies re-estimate the demand of the Hong Kong market. The survival of Hong Kong is all about bridging China and the world. The management (of Hong Kong) puts a barrier on formula. This shows that its principle, conscience and intelligence have all gone. Where is the basics of Hong Kong success?
金陵客2010: [Original] I suggest dissolving the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and implementing ‘one country, one system’
From shelving article 23 to shelving “national education”, some Hongkongers waved the British Hong Kong flag in protests, and they openly humiliate Mainland Chinese including Mainland Chinese mothers as “locusts”. And the Hong Kong government either retreated every time or did nothing. However, on the issue of “infant formula imprisonment”, Hong Kong government is actively dominating, taking bold, drastic and resolute measures. From this series of events, we can see that Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, one of the People’s Republic of China regional governments, is the Chinese regional government that completely protects the interest and rights of Hongkongers and even Hanjians (traitors of Han Chinese)… ;It is the Chinese regional government that doesn’t protect the interest of the majority of Chinese people; It the Chinese regional government that bullies, discriminates, ignores and humiliates the interest, feeling and dignity of the majority of Chinese people; It is the Chinese government that is full of local sense and interest.
… now I suggest the central government to dissolve the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government like it did to the Tibetan regional government in 1959, cancelling Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and implementing “one country, one system”.
Response from Hong Kong
From the editorial of the Oriental Daily (pro-China) on March 10 2013
When anti-China sentiment has appeared in recent years and Hong Kong government spreads rumours of reviewing Individual Visit Scheme, not only do Mainland Chinese not understand, criticising Hongkongers for kicking the ladder, the official organs also question whether Hongkongers are ”too lazy to earn money” because they have become rich under the support of Beijing.
The infant formula controversy is just a superficial sign of the chaotic China-Hong Kong conflict. The root of the problem is that favourable policies from Beijing don’t benefit the society equally. Not only have the grass roots not benefited from these policies, the living environment of the grass roots also has become worse. Statistics can explain the problem perfectly. According to a survey that targets young people, over the last decade, the number of Hong Kong young people who have received tertiary education has doubled. However, the median household income stays at $8,000 HKD. Including factors like inflation, it has even decreased. A survey carried out by a NGO shows that the disparity between the highest and lowest income groups has reached a 10-year high. A survey conducted by an international organisation also found that the number of millionaires in Hong Kong has surged and the number of tycoons per average population has been the highest in the world. These different surveys, besides reflecting the widened gap between the rich and the poor, also illustrate that these favourable policies from Beijing only benefit a minority of people.
Despite the fact that Individual Visit Scheme brings lots of money, it also produces many side effects: pushed up housing prices and inflation, caused shortages of daily commodities and stirred up China-Hong Kong conflicts everywhere. The 10-year-old scheme has accelerated economy integration of the two places. Yet, it only benefits interest groups. Majority of Hong Kong people suffer from the side effects of the scheme before benefiting from it. It isn’t surprising to have resistance emotion…. Hong Kong members of NPC and CPPCC are either big businessmen or retired high-ranking government officials. If they don’t belong to the former categories, they are either celebrities or children of the rich. How many of these members are from the grass roots? Interest groups composed of political entrepreneurs have been formed in recent years in Hong Kong, and this relates to lopsided policies of Beijing.
Who should even care more about the feeling of others?
The final of World Baseball Classic was played on last weekend: Taiwan vs. Japan. In the match, a camera caught a pair of Japanese couple displaying an eye-catching cardboard, which had “Thank Taiwan for donating money in 2011.3” written on it. Japanese still remember the generous donation from Taiwan. The Taiwanese benevolence is so unforgettable that Japanese expressed gratitude again in the sport arena. The passion of the stadium and the tenderness of audiences make me feel warm.
During Sichuan earthquake, Hongkongers also had donated lots of money and volunteered, not to mention a Hong Kong volunteer who died in Sichuan (*The volunteer died in Yushu, Qinghai in 2010 while saving students and teachers in the earthquake.) and money that had fallen into the hands of corrupted officials — Hongkongers are that sentimental. As long as Chinese compatriots are in trouble, even though there is doubt, Hongkongers are rarely too stingy to donate money. However, we seldom see Chinese remember Hongkongers’ benevolence. Ever since Hong Kong opened to trade, she has been donating money to China. Yet, Hongkongers have always been blamed for everything and are criticised daily for “kicking the ladder” by Chinese. In order to secure the food supply for local babies, Hong Kong government restricts the carrying of infant formula across the border. Chinese immediately angrily condemn that Hongkongers are “unreasonable” and threaten to “stop the supply of water and electricity” and “cancel ‘one country, two systems’”. The director of the Liaison Office, Zheng Xiaoming, even said Hong Kong government had to “care about the feeling of Chinese”. If Chinese could use this aggressive attitude to protest against the collusion between CCP and the milk industry, it would be so great
In the end, who doesn’t care about the feeling of whom? Hongkongers have been helping Chinese for so many years that… daily commodities and infant formula are all shipped to China…. Hong Kong is so chaotic these days because HongKongers have been helping too much.
…. Zheung Xiaoming dares to tell Hongkongers to care about the feeling of China. Has China care about the feeling of Hong Kong?
The Hong Kong donation campaign for the great flood of Eastern China in 1991
A line of lyric of the theme song of the campaign
In the torrent, if I were one (of the victims)
Hong Kong government kowtows under the great pressure of China and says the measure is just temporary.