Indeed it is wonderful that Hong Kong people spend a major public holiday protesting rather than the usual shopping. But the cynic in me that wonders whether such protests covers up the reality or simply mean Hong Kongers are in denial.
Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.
In a typically sour grapes gesture, China has invented its own peace prize. The ceremony, held on December 9th, is a day ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize function honoring jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.