According to a report by the "Wall Street Journal", Beijing has declared that in future elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong, its voters must choose only candidates that are approved by a pro-Beijing committee.
Although some Hong Kongers object to this formula for electing the chief executive, most residents of the city support the formula. Indeed, in 1997, they participated in parties cheering the return of Hong Kong to authoritarian Chinese rule.
By contrast, the East Europeans, who eventually created prosperous democracies, never cheered authoritarian rule. These people risked their lives to condemn and fight the authoritarian governments imposed by the Kremlin. The courage of the East Europeans eventually transformed Poland and other Eastern European countries into Western democracies.
The Chinese differ culturally and genetically from the Europeans and will surely continue to suppress democracy. The Chinese have done so for centuries.