Its hard to ignore the Hong Kong protest since that’s where I’m from. Most media reports have been focusing too much on the tear gas and painting a picture where China is some sort of bad guy staging a fake democratic vote for the next chief executive. But hang on, Hong Kong has never had any sort of democracy.
China has been very nice to Hong Kong because part of it’s rise in power was due to Hong Kong (not that this wasn’t already compensated for though). They’ve appreciated this fact and would like to maintain a good relationship but some Hong Kong people on the other hand can’t get off their high horses and acknowledge they are also Chinese. Disgraceful. I think this article by Martin Jaques sums up my feelings and thoughts best – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/30/china-hong-kong-future-protesters-cry-democracy
Hong Kong is part of China you stupid part time protesters!