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Upon assuming office Xi Jinping told his cadres to cut the bullshit and speak plainly. Unfortunately that command has not trickled across the border to The Party's cadres in Hong Kong. But let me talk plainly about Article 45 of HK's Basic Law and provide a modest proposal that is the only way forward.
The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government.
"The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.
Beyond Article 45 of the Basic Law, we must also accept the Communist Party of China's definition of 3 words: representative, democratic and balanced. No, you won't find balanced in the Basic Law, but it's been a key word uttered by the faithful to guide HK's ongoing 'consultation' on the 2017 CE Election. You also won't find the method the nominating committee should use stated in the Basic Law, but you can be sure the DAB/Communist Party meant that nominating committee isn't supposed to be a rubber stamp for civic nomination but only rubber stamp the DAB/Communist Party/tycoon choices for CE.
The CPC and friends have clearly stated that the existing Election Committee is 'representative', perhaps in the way that a committee of 10 whites, 9 blacks, 4 Arabs, 5 South Asians, 2 Parsees and a Chinese would be representative of the population of Hong Kong, since many groups are 'represented' without concern if their proportions are actually 'reprentative'.
'Democratic' here is like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or perhaps the elections held by the late Saddam Hussein. There was voting. The people made their choice and that provides the chosen with legitimacy. End of discussion.
'Balanced' means that the will of the people shall always be countered by the will of The Party. The people's will cannot provide the choices of the nominating committee.
The level of protests from the Democratic Party/Civic Party/the Front for Hong Kong People's Liberation Power/the People's Liberation of HK Power Front/etc. reminds us that the base problem is that the Communist Party will not allow a Chief Executive for Hong Kong that stands up for Hong Kong. Stop imports of diseased chickens? Maybe if the chickens are Vietnamese or American, but never good Chinese Communist chickens.
Given that the CE must be acceptable to the CPC, let's identify what the CPC wants from HK: money. The CPC comes to HK to raise money, goes to Beijing to decide where the money will be spent, and Shanghai to spend it on projects. What's given to HK? Lots of poor Chinese, whose welfare will be left to HK taxpayers, and petty cross-border arbitrage experts with suitcases unburdened by 20% tariffs unlike the legitimate foreign imports with which they compete.
So given this basis, it's clear that only a candidate chosen by the Liaison Office or HK's tycoons will be allowed on the ballot. So the only practical solution to this situation is obviously a nominating committe with 2 people that broadly represents 'the only opinions of any value'. First, the head of the Liaison Office as Xi said to cut out the bullshit, which means dropping the pretense that local shoeshiners on the current nominating committee are independent thinkers and don't rubber stamp the choice provided them by the Liaison Office. Also since everyone knows The Party represents the will of the people, the protests from the pan-dems about unrepresented are clearly untrue. The second member will be a champion appointed by the tycoon godfathers.
And with these two candidates on the ballot, the loyal HK press can salivate and push their horse race coverage of this 'election campaign' to new heights. And The Party can rest easy in their delusions that given an opportunity to rubber stamp their choice via an election, their HK CE choice will never be as unpopular and loathed as Tung/The Donald/Team CronY and will be internationally acclaimed for their progressive implementation of democratic reforms from all corners of the globe.