I’ve been a subscriber to The Economist for well over 30 years, and have always appreciated their cartoons as well as the rest of their excellent coverage of world affairs. But, as a long-term immigrant to Hong Kong, this week’s cartoon really stands out for me as one of their best.
For those of a certain age it captures perfectly the fact that “Made in Hong Kong” used to mean cheap mass-produced and perhaps shoddy goods, but now it signifies rather the reverse: the current last bastion against the Chinese Communist Party’s wish for everlasting domination.
Of course China is a country with a long and distinguished history in which the current subjugation by the Communist Party is but a blip. Obviously any attempt to homogenise a billion people is doomed to failure, and I would guess within a generation or two at most.