As a Hong Kong citizen, I really do believe that Hong Kong is a part of China. Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions of China, meaning they are definitely part of China. We might use our own political system, currency, education and all that, but that's just part of being an SAR, and China will obey the principle of One Country Two Systems for at least another 20 something years. On that note I have a bit of a rant about Hong Kong's political landscape.
I am sick and tired of the pro-independence movement and Democrats in Hong Kong. Thanks to them any development in Hong Kong is stalled as their members often walk out of legislative council meetings. We had a chance to pass legislation on voting for our chief executive a few years back, guess who were the ones who blocked it? That's right, the Democrats, on reasons that what they had was not progressive enough. Seriously?! Just take things one step at a time! I would have no problem with those people if they are really pro-Hong Kong, but to me it feels more like they are anti-China, and they would destroy Hong Kong if it means they can hurt China. Rant over.
Of course, that doesn't mean I am pleased with how China handles Hong Kong. Right now, China probably views Hong Kong as a problem child, and thus most of its policy's just glance over Hong Kong. As more and more Chinese are coming down to Hong Kong, it feels like we are being slowly assimilated into China. And really that's what I'm more afraid of: losing our cultural identity. And if China ever tries to change Hong Kong into just another generic Chinese city? I would definitely be among the ones who would protest against that. But right now Hong Kong is already falling behind in development thanks to reasons I mentioned above, and if we don't change soon Hong Kong will lose its place as an international city.
And Macau? China has no problem with that place. After botching up the handover of Hong Kong, they learned a lot for the handover of Macau. Political parties in Macau are pretty unified and there is practically no call for independence in Macau, which is why China didn't address Macau in their statement.
Hey man I found your response very informative since you are from Hong Kong. In the USA i have no respect for modern democrats because of their repressive culture they have developed in their party by trying to scream down and silence anyone who disagrees with them. I always had a level of respect for Hong Kong Democrats because they bill themselves as battling communism. Its crazy to know they blocked voting for your own chief executive. if the Democrats laid off the screeching in HK do you think You guys would progress more in your fight against China's rule?
If they put action behind their words? Definitely. (and no, by action I don't mean organizing protests every other weekend)
However, without them we wouldn't even have a fight for political freedom in Hong Kong, so I have to say that they are necessary to Hong Kong being Hong Kong, but I believe they should kick out members that are too radical. I don't want independence for Hong Kong, but I would want Hong Kong to maintain its own system.