In the wake of the legislative council election in Hong Kong, at least three things are certain:
A) Nothing’s going to change overnight in Hong Kong. B) China is not going to let go of its influence over Hong Kong anytime soon. In fact, it might just try to increase it further. C) Hong Kong is fed up of China.
For those unaware, the Legislative Council — or the LegCo — elections were the biggest polls held after the 2014’s mass "Occupy" protests calling for greater autonomy and less interference from the powers that be in Beijing.
A record number of voters turned out to cast their ballot, signaling Hong Kongers want serious political change.
That notion was further cemented when early results came out, showing politicians as young as 23 were elected — most of who demand more, or total, independence from China.
Tthe Legislative Council is a 70-seat governing body that is in charge of passing (and rejecting) laws and approving the government budget. It doesn’t elect Hong Kong's chief executive, who is the head of government.
Also, a majority of officials elected to LegCo are still pro-China. Quartz reports “of the 70 seats, 55 have been announced, with 22 going to pro-democracy candidates.” Among those elected is Nathan Law, who is 23 years old and helped lead the 2014’s "Umbrella Protests.”
All of this essentially takes us to points A and B: dramatic political change and freedom from Beijing’s interference are not coming to Hong Kong anytime soon.
However, the fact that pro-independence activists have managed to bag a significant amount of seats — unlike the results of the 2012 LegCo elections — strongly indicates point C, i.e. Hong Kongers’ growing frustration over China’s authority.
2014’s pro-democracy protests may have ended without any significant results but they have certainly played a decisive role in the LegCo election, which, in turn, confirms that Hong Kong wants change.