One has found on the various thread on China, Chinese posters ire when questioned about 'freedom' in China and they have claimed that it was a free place to express one's views etc. Likewise, the Hong Kong posters have claimed that Hong Kong was a democracy and it was free and freer than the air on earth, in a manner of speaking!! This article indicates the reality. Fortunately, from Hong Kong one comes to know a little more than what one comes to know from the votaries of the country that has the Forbidden City!!