Hong Kong has No Responsibility to Satisfy the Needs of China

Apple Daily

28 March, 2013

<Hong Kong has No Responsibility to Satisfy the Needs of China>


The statement made by CY Leung “Hong Kong will try her best to satisfy the needs of fellow Chinese” in the interview of Phoenix TV has induced a wave of negative comments. Hong Kongers are all asking: how about us? Who is there to satisfy our needs?

Firstly, under One Country Two Systems, Hong Kong only minds her own business and so is not responsible for the needs of China; Secondly, the formula powder issue in China is not an act of God, instead, it is an act of human. It is not a short-term problem but a long-term disorder, one is not able to take care of others in the long run. Thirdly, Hong Kong is just a small city with a population of seven million, while China’s market is facing a population of 1.3 billion, the demands of both markets are not parallel at all; Fourthly, there is almost no agriculture and manufacturing in Hong Kong, let alone milk production, there is no way to produce milk to satisfy the needs of China; Fifthly, Hong Kong purchases formula powder through re-export trade, and the countries of origin, including Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, are all facing the shortage of formula powder. Even the milk producing countries do not have enough stock, how can Hong Kong possibly supplying China with formula powder out of nothing? Sixthly, there are only a few brands in China that are facing a shortage, China’s market even supplies the brands that are out of stock in Hong Kong, with a higher retail price.

On the other hand, the world’s media has reported that the “export restriction” on formula powder in Hong Kong has caused turmoil in Europe: Supermarkets in the Netherlands stringently enforce restrictions on selling formula powder of one to two cans since March, but are still facing a shortage; in Germany, it has become catastrophic due to lack of preparation. All of the stock has been purchased, while formula powder manufacturers have told reporters that all the production lines in the factories have been running 24 hours a day with only 5 days off a year, nevertheless they are receiving almost 2,000 complaints about shortage of supply every week; Britain’s large supermarkets have started to monitor those involved in large scale buying activities, put them on a blacklist and block their purchasing account, they would rather not doing any businesses with them. These all show that the formula powder manufacturing countries are all incapable of satisfying the needs of China market, I have a question for CY Leung: where else do we have the formula powder to sell to China?

China nowadays is not a country with no money and resources, quite the contrary: it is a “superpower’ which purchased munitions from Russia at the price of US$27 billion with complete ease. The Communist Party spends several hundred of billion dollars on “stabilisation” every year to monitor and arrest dissidents! But after all, even Wang Guangya in China (editor’s note: Wang is a Chinese diplomat who is Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China) has to purchase formula powder from overseas; who created this evil situation?

That a re-export restriction in Hong Kong can cause such a turmoil in the European formula powder market clearly shows the unbearable pressure Hong Kong itself is facing. Once the government stops the restriction, Hong Kong will immediately face a shortage in the supply of formula powder. It is an utter disgrace for the Hong Kong government to satisfy the needs of China at the expense of Hong Kong and Hong Kong people! The four basic needs of Hong Kong people, that is clothing, food, shelter and transportation (sic), are not fully catered for, but the government just focuses on China and its needs. Hong Kong people feel more and more that after 1997, Hong Kong has really turned into a colony — a colony of China. That is why, with no doubt, Hong Kongers are longing for change.

Kay Lam


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