China revealed its white paper on the “one country, two systems” policy this week. The policy has been the central political guideline for Hong Kong since 1997, and has been the ultimate political system that Chinese government would set up for Taiwan after the presumed reunification with Taiwan in the future. But the white paper represents a major shift of the policy.
Crucially, the document essentially limits the political rights of the Hong Kong residents. Previously, the old policy called for “no change in 50 years”; but unfortunately, only 17 years after Beijing seized the control of the island, the Chinese government officially declares that Hong Kong will not be Hong Kong any more.
(Which also warns Taiwanese that a democratic Taiwan is at stake under Communist China’s sphere of influence)