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Differences with Hong Kong and China… Story by Alex Chow

Hong Kong is a southern metropolitan city of China. In the eyes of foreigners, people form Hong Kong are considered as Chinese, rarely Japanese or Korean. Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China indeed and thus people form Hong Kong are Chinese undoubtedly. Still, people from Hong Kong prefer to call themselves Hongkonger since there are plentiful differences between Hong Kong and China in terms of politics, culture, and economy. As a result, Hong Kong people have a distinct ethnic identity in compare of Chinese.

First and foremost, Hong Kong and China have entirely opposite political system. In mainland China, there is a one-party dictatorship, the powers of executive, legislative, judicial and the fourth estate are all under control of the Communist Party. Although political decisions have to be voted in the Standing Committee, all representatives are nothing but voting machines.

Two Systems... A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong
Two Systems… A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong

Everything is under the control of the president of the party, there are not genuine vote and election. In Hong Kong, people value democracy, rule of law and the separation of powers. Every require of funding and legislation must seek agreement from the legislative council so as to limit the power of the government.As such, there have been many pro-democracy protests recently in Hong Kong.

When it comes to the culture, Hong Kong inherits Chinese culture and is influenced by western culture deeply as Hong Kong was a colony of Britain till 1997. Even though Hong Kong was returned to China, Hong Kong is still being an international city. Hong Kong embraces all kind of cultures. For example, Hongkongers watch a vast number of American, Japanese, Korean and Chinese movies. Also, as a gourmet paradise, you can find food form different parts of the world in Hong Kong. Compared to Hong Kong, China is more xenophobic. They perceive America and Japan are evil empires. For instance, there was an enormous anti-Japan campaign in China, people ruined every Japanese product they can find.

Separate Currencies... Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies, and use separate money
Separate Currencies… Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies

Speaking of the economy. Hong Kong worships capitalism while China believes communism. Hong Kong has the freest economy system among the world but China has a strictly planed and regulated economy system. There is such a big comparison in the light of “one country, two systems” so Hong Kong is independent in terms of economy and politics. Additionally, Hong Kong has its own currency peg to the US dollar instead of using RMB. This is part of why Hong Kong is a large trading center, comparable to Wall Street—its service economy can serve large parts of the world remotely.

The two regions have distinct history, culture, and economies. Though both city and country have an important connection, the term “Chinese” cannot show all the features of Hong Kong. Hence, people in Hong Kong find themselves Hongkongers instead of Chinese.

North Korea’s Nuclear Temper Tantrum… Story by Cathrine Ross

Nuclear war. That’s what’s on everyone’s mind recently. North Korea, also nicknamed the Hermit Kingdom, has been causing much tension around the world. They are known for their threats towards other countries, focusing on nuclear weapons for said threats. Though their nuclear weapons, until recently, have been washed away as they have failed and haven’t proven to be a big threat. Their weapons aren’t as developed as other countries, causing North Korea to be put on the back burner per say. However, now they are no longer on that back burner. North Korea has displayed their advancements in nuclear weapons with testing and a showing of them during their military parade on the 105th birthday of their former leader Kim Il-sung. During this celebration, there was a concert where a propaganda video was played in the background. In this video, there was a CGI missile that was launched and it showed that it hit San Francisco, California. A burning American flag and white crosses were displayed and a dominate North Korean flag was also shown, and then that was the end of the performance.  This display of hostility towards the United States didn’t go unnoticed by the President, nor the other leaders of the world. Many world leaders have warned North Korea about starting nuclear warfare, however, they have not listened and continue to put pressure on the United States and other nearby countries with their nuclear weapon tests. According to CNN, North Korean government officials have stated that the nuclear tests ‘will never stop’. Expert studies and various classified intelligence reports have come to the conclusion that the country is actually capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks.

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, with what the C.I.A. calls “the disco ball.” The sphere is supposedly a nuclear weapon, shrunken to fit inside the nose cone of a missile. Credit: Korean Central News Agency
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, with what the C.I.A. calls “the disco ball.” The sphere is supposedly a nuclear weapon, shrunken to fit inside the nose cone of a missile. Credit: Korean Central News Agency

This, however, hasn’t been officially confirmed as experts are working only with the limited information they can access. Though this is proving to be a cause of stress for the U.S. President Trump and the other world leaders.  The world leaders are unable to access all the possible current information from North Korea, which is causing the world leaders to fear that they are actually running out of time. In a rare event, President Trump called all 100 senators to the White House in a closed-door meeting, discussing how to handle North Korea, which is “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.”

The US has ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North’s nuclear and missile tests. Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/US Navy from Getty Images
The US has ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North’s nuclear and missile tests. Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/US Navy from Getty Images

The President has been focusing on putting pressure on North Korea since he first got into office, wanting to put more outside restrictions and pressure on them, so they wouldn’t be able to feel comfortable being aggressive and destructive towards those who are not their allies. According to Fox News, America’s Pacific forces commander, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., reported to Congress, stating that the installment of the the U.S. missile defense system against North Korea would be finished in a few days, the location being that of South Korea. He said that any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed. “If it flies, it dies.” With the pressure of North Korea’s threats on mind, many Americans are getting anxious. It seems that no matter how much the country is advised against nuclear war, they are insisting that they won’t stop what they are doing, and that the U.S. is the one encouraging a nuclear holocaust. Tension between the countries of the world are rising as everyone, especially the U.S., is trying to figure out what to do. North Korea threatening San Francisco and even Seattle with their missiles, the government is preparing for a military response immediately if this threat become any bigger of a threat. So, what exactly is going on with North Korea? Are they right to say that the United States are attempting to start a nuclear holocaust? Or are they just doing this in order to gain more support from surrounding Asian countries? There is no way to confirm whether or not North Korea is able to successfully create missiles that have the power to actually hit American soil. All the specialists can do right now, with their limited information, is estimate the damage that North Korean weapons could possibly have on our country. Are we at risk of being attacked? Is a nuclear war on the brink of starting? Or will this once again get buried underneath failed nuclear tests, like before.