This is the first of a new kind of question on the Hub - 'Stretch and Challenge'.
It will involve reading a longer piece of text and tackling some deeper questions based on it. This is aimed at secondary school students but doesn't mean it's just for them. It will require a reading of an article aimed at older students.
"Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary"
"THIS WAS an important national day for China. October 1st is the 70th anniversary of the day Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
For Xi Jinping, China’s president, it was a chance both to emphasise his claim to Mao’s mantle as China’s undisputed leader, making a speech from the very same spot, and to flaunt the strength of the country he rules. But as Beijing settled in for an evening of fireworks and song, Hong Kong was counting the cost of yet another day of street battles between protesters and the police, which were extending long into the night."
Read the rest of the article here...
So here's our big questions (respond in the comments below with the question number you are answering).
- How important were the events of 1st October? Will these have a big impact on the future of Hong Kong?
- Who do you think succeeded from October 1st more - the Hong Kong protestors or the Chinese government?
- "Hong Kong does its best to spoil China’s big anniversary." Is this a good headline? Why/why not? If you could re-write the headline, what would it be?