Dr. Tong Yan-kai: We always love the State; China'll Surpass USA in 10 yrs! (by Chapman Chen)
"In 10 years' time, China will overtake America & become the greatest country in the world. It is most safe and most happy to be Chinese today " claimed Hong Kong Confucian Academy President, Dr. TONG Yan Kai (#TangEnjia) in 2018. "HK Confucianism has always been loving the State...... We have never made any negative impact on the CCP," asserted Dr. Tong in 2009.
It is surprising that a believer in Confucianism would utter such flattering words to a regime which has caused the death of more than 70 million people (cf. Halliday and Chang 2005) and which is currently holding 2 million Uyghurs in concentration camps. Confucius advised rulers to govern by means of virtue. And Meniscus said, "The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain the second; the sovereign the least."
Dr. Tong is former member of the Council for the Election of Deputies of HKSAR to the National People's Congress cum former member of the CPPCC Guangdong Provincial Committee cum member of the Election Committee for electing Chief Executive for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th of the HKSAR Govt. In 2006, he was awarded by President George W. Bush of the United States the President's Award for Educational Excellence as an "Outstanding Confucian Scholar".
In 2009, Dr. Tong was awarded the "World Peace Grand Prize" by Lincoln Memorial Foundation for Peace. Recently, he received The Confucius Culture Prize from the Ministry of Culture of China in 2011 and Silver Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Govt in 2014. (Written by #ChapmanChen, #HongKongBilingualNews)