Saturday, October 11, 2014

Davis on Negotiations with the Hong Kong Protesters

Talks Between Protesters and Government Must Proceed on Basis of Trust
South China Morning Post
10 October 2014
Michael Davis
Hong Kong people and the media
are surely wondering whether anything positive can come out of the proposed democracy negotiations. With the National People's Congress Standing Committee decision effectively denying universal suffrage and the protesters demanding both civil nominations and international standards, the government is between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
      The protesters are no better off in seemingly asking for what is widely believed to be impossible. Few people expect Beijing to change its mind. But, with such passionate public support behind protest demands, it is not time to throw in the towel. A constructive and sincere dialogue between the government and protesters could move the ball forward for both. Click here to read the full article.

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