Why most people would rather not become subjects of the PRC, at least willingly...
(And looking at the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, the average citizen is probably more free even there than a "minority" person/subject is in the PRC.)
1) Cancelling imprisonment without due process (Internment / Extradition Law)
2) Amnesty for those not charged (Amnesty / Amnesty)
3) Review Prosecution and de-escalate from more serious crimes (CPS drops aggressive approach / Justice Departments drops agressive approach)
4) Public Enquiry into policing
5) Free and Fair vote with 'opposition able to form the executive if they garner enough votes
It seems a sensible 5 point plan that requires the executive to show willing and to tackle institutionalised issues in the police through a public enquiry.
Should violent protesters be let go free? I do not support that.
Do you think even if the options were given that the protests would suddenly stop? I do not think the protests would stop, in fact the protests would most certainly escalate, pushing HK into another Taiwan (great place to visit, horrible place to live, no money). Stop all flows of business to China, make housing on HK island affordable, make HK truly independent. These items are not the heart of the protests and combined with the extradition law, this is why the protests generally have so much support, yet I do not think this is about getting those 5 demands, that is for PR purposes, it is about getting China to budge and continue to do so until everything is given.
Once the Extradition bill was withdrawn, things got much worse.
Taiwanese purchasing power is more or less the same as that of hongkongese, plus society is way more equal than that of hongkong. Coffin homes and old ladies working until they drop is not a thing here.
Furthermore, public health services are far superior to that of HK. If you in HK need to queue for hours to visit the doctor, here you usually get in 20 minutes or so. I think its slightly cheaper here as well.
In addition to the above, there are many non-economical pluses to taiwan vs. hongkong. The risk of being kidnapped to china is smaller here, you are less likely to be discriminated against due to your political views, you are more likely to have a influence on government policy, etc.
Sure, there are far less well paying jobs for white people here, but the vast majority who live here are not white expats.
You cant look at everything trough your own privledged lense and think thats how everyone in society is.
As I suspected, the median wealth in TW is in fact higher than it in HK(78,000usd vs 58,000usd). So, saying Taiwan has no money and HK does is just stupid.
Having said the above, to categorise TW as some negative outcome is just nonsense.
Taiwan works for the vast majority living here, when again HK works for the small majority. I know which society I find more equitable and desirable, as does the vast majority of Taiwanese who have no desire to have something similar to hongkong implemented here.
The reason why the housing stock is older here than in HK is that property developers have less influence over government policy compared to HK.