Do you think Hong Kong will become more like China in the next few years, or will China leverage Hong Kong as an asset to engage more capitalistically in the international marketplace instead?

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Each group should post an original submission in response to questions on Chapter 4’s closing case: China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. FYI, I created the group thread (1, 2,.4). I’d like you (as a group leader or facilitator) to post one sheet answering all questions (e.g., Q 1, Q 2, Q3, Q4) with a short summary under the thread. There are four questions in Chapter 4’s closing case. Combine all answers from members and post one sheet to the thread. This is my preferable way. If you really like to post answer individually, it may be fine. When you do, mention which questions you are answering with your name under the thread like: Q1 & Q2- James Cha, Q2 & Q3 – Michael Abebe, Q3 & Q4 – John Kim. I will leave it up to your group as well. Note that your answer should deeply reflect the case and it should be substantively developed.

Make sure that your group answer must be posted two days before the deadline which is 9/23 at 11:59pm.

Meanwhile, you (individual) need to post your comments and/or critiques (at least two) to other group postings by 9/25 at 11:59pm. The length of your comment should have at least two paragraphs and each paragraph should have more than seven sentences. See syllabus p. 3 in detail.

1. When Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill coined the acronym BRIC in 2001 to refer to Brazil, Russia, India, and China, the focus was to highlight the immense collective economic potential of these countries. Since that time, China and Russia have influenced the international marketplace in political ways as well. How do you think these four countries—or a subset of them—will likely influence the world’s cultures in the next 10 years?

2. Anyone who has been to Hong Kong typically says it is different from mainland China, more like Singapore, albeit with a strong connection to China. Do you think Hong Kong will become more like China in the next few years, or will China leverage Hong Kong as an asset to engage more capitalistically in the international marketplace instead?

3. Macau was under Portuguese influence until 1999, which is not that long ago. Many in Macau welcomed the Chinese takeover so that the area could be better taken care of (e.g., infrastructure, economy). But being part of the Portuguese administration from 1887 to 1999 clearly has imbued their cultural values and beliefs in the mindset of Macau’s citizens. How are these values and beliefs likely to influence the Macau–China relationship in the years to come?

4. Taiwan maintains diplomatic relations with some 76 member states of the United Nations (19 in an official capacity and 57 in an unofficial capacity). The nation’s culture is a blend of Confucianist Han Chinese and Taiwanese aboriginal influences. How would you handle the link between China and Taiwan—culturally, economically, and politically?

**Note that your answer and comments should be substantive; postings of the “I agree” variety always lead to a failing grade. In addition, a discussion will not be reopened after its due date.