How significant were the events of 1st October?

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This is the first of a new kind of question on the Hub - 'Stretch and Challenge'.

It will involve reading a longer piece of text and tackling some deeper questions based on it. This is aimed at secondary school students but doesn't mean it's just for them. It will require a reading of an article aimed at older students.

"Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary"

"THIS WAS an important national day for China. October 1st is the 70th anniversary of the day Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

For Xi Jinping, China’s president, it was a chance both to emphasise his claim to Mao’s mantle as China’s undisputed leader, making a speech from the very same spot, and to flaunt the strength of the country he rules. But as Beijing settled in for an evening of fireworks and song, Hong Kong was counting the cost of yet another day of street battles between protesters and the police, which were extending long into the night."

Read the rest of the article here...

https://www.economist.com/china/2019/10/01/hong-kong-does-its-best-to-spoil-chinas-big-anniversary?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/2019101n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/UK/317820/n

So here's our big questions (respond in the comments below with the question number you are answering).

  1. How important were the events of 1st October? Will these have a big impact on the future of Hong Kong?
  2. Who do you think succeeded from October 1st more - the Hong Kong protestors or the Chinese government?
  3. "Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary." Is this a good headline? Why/why not? If you could re-write the headline, what would it be?

Comments (14)

  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    What would you think if a protester got shot? Would it be right?

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    Should Hong Kong have interfered with China's 70th anniversary?

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    Should police shoot while backing off protesters?

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    I think it is very wrong if an officer shoots a protester. This would only be acceptable if a protester was being physical, violent or attacking them with a weapon

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    That is very true also knowing that the police's job is to save people not to shoot them down . Adding onto what you said it is very wrong of a police officer to do that unless they are being physical or abusive.

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    03 Oct 2019

    The police should know better that that is not the right thing to do

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  • Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
    09 Oct 2019

    Well I guess they have bigger and stronger laws than us so I guess that if they did it anyways it would be a last minute thing to do (personally I think it’s the wrong thing to do.)

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    09 Oct 2019

    I’ve written a short(-ish) answer for each question :)

    1.How important were the events of 1st October? Will these have a big impact on the future of Hong Kong?
    For China, I feel like the events of the 1st October were special, but at the same time, horrific. I suppose they would’ve thought the people of Hong Kong to be reasonable enough (I’m writing this in their perspective here) to leave everything between them aside in respect for them to celebrate their special day.
    People will remember that day like a pinch of salt; it wasn’t sweet at all.
    I think that China has to take the people of Hong Kong a little more seriously, since Hong Kong has just shown that China’s against people, against freedom – against freedom of choice. But China couldn’t hide the fact that people are upset, and they couldn’t keep it all hush hush, what with all the technology they’ve brought. So then they went ahead and banned social media…! It was a big damage on the People’s Day, by the people of Hong Kong, just revealing the fact that they are not a people’s party like the used to be, and China could do nothing to stop it all unravelling.

    2. Who do you think succeeded from October 1st more - the Hong Kong protestors or the Chinese government?
    The people of Hong Kong succeeded in destroying the Chinese Government’s image. The whole purpose of the 1st October was to show that they really are the people’s party – that’s why the day exists, and that was the purpose at the start, and I quote, “Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic in Tiananmen Square in Beijing” – doesn’t it say it all? The people of Hong Kong simply showed China up, rightly so. China just uses this symbolic day to big themselves up, and Hong Kong used it to lower China down in standards.

    3. "Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary." Is this a good headline? Why/why not? If you could re-write the headline, what would it be?

    I think that although this headline might be seen as harsh (“tries its best to spoil”), I think it is one that is very true. I do not believe that it is simply by coincidence that one of the biggest protests happens on China’s big day. Just like I have said before, the people of Hong Kong are clever, or cunning; they pick places where they know they will gather lots of media attention – airports etc – and they pick dates, such as the 1st October, specially. They’ve targeted sensitive points; that’s their upper hand.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      content_lemon's comment 11 Oct 2019

      Well done, content_lemon, these are challenging questions and you've shown good reasoning. Who do you think achieved more from the day - the protestors of the Chinese government?

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
    10 Oct 2019

    The police in Hong Kong really need to rethink. What is their real concern? Surely if the protests got out of hand, it would be wiser to make arrests on violent participants and firmly warn the others against making such a decision? I think it is pretty much always wrong to shoot someone and I highly doubt the entirety of the attacks were simply for their own protection.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    14 Oct 2019

    2. Who do you think succeeded more from the events of 1st October? I believe that China succeeded from the events of 1st October. This is because the media have already began to show Hong Kong as the bad guys by using the headline “ Hong Kong does it’s best to spoil to spoil China’s anniversary “ This will make people feel bad for China because even on a very special day for China, Hong Kong still attempted to fight with them. Also, I believe that China came out on top in this situation because the protests did not amount to anything as the anniversary was still celebrated and it did not disrupt it that much. This shows that China succeeded from that the most because Hong Kong were painted as the evil side and China still celebrated their anniversary.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    16 Oct 2019

    Question 1:
    October 1st was the 70th anniversary of the day Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It was an important national day that should have been filled with celebration, fireworks and songs. It should have been a day for Chinese people to celebrate being Chinese and to show off their pride for their country. Instead, it turned into a day full of violent protests, with Xi Jinping, China’s president, using it as a chance to flaunt the strength of his country. In China, there was the biggest military parade the country had ever seem, a warning, perhaps, that the power of the government shouldn’t be underestimated. In Hong Kong, however, there were protests in the streets, with people marking in black clothes and lighting fires (sometimes even burning the Chinese flag). Instead of being proud of their country, they seem to be ashamed. Although the protests began quite peacefully, the police couldn’t deal with them and resorted to violence, with one 18 year old student being shot and seriously injured.

    In terms of the importance of these events, I think they are very important. They make it very clear how the people of Hong Kong are feeling. They are determined not to give in and to fight for their human rights, even when reminded about China’s power. Because of the violence against civilians, people are angry and that anger isn’t going to go away quickly. I believe that this will only lead to further protests and even more violence in the future. In addition, people’s faith in the police has been shaken. It is unlikely that they will trust the police in future, as it has now been suggested that they cannot handle the protests.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 16 Oct 2019

      Thank you for taking on this question, brilliant_blackberry. Do you think this event will have a long-term impact?

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