You can tell the race for the next chief executive job has already kicked off as both Chief Executive CY Leung and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam have synchronized in outraging the community by appealing for monetary donations to be sent somewhere into Sichuan for the latest earthquake. At a time when China’s corruption is so blatant and Hongkongers feel cornered and bullied by the mainland in every aspect of daily life, for a senior government official to call publicly for donations to the mainland is an act of political suicide, unless that call is carefully calculated and sung as a sweet tune of sycophancy to an ear in Beijing. Beijing has finally earned some respect from the international community for its swift refusal of help from the west for the earthquake, said to have claimed about 200 lives and left more than 10,000 injured. A sensitive move, given that China is the richest nation—or so believes every patriotic Chinese—in terms of its foreign reserve. A bankrupt Europe, including most recently Iceland, is kowtowing to beg for investments, they believe. It’s feasible to imagine Chinese coal miners from Shanxi offering to foot the bill for Margaret Thatcher’s not-quite-state funeral (believed to have cost British taxpayers £10 million) in the hopes of having their applications for British citizenship granted by David Cameron’s Tory government in return. CY Leung and Carrie Lam should thus be applauded for their adroit political skill in fanning up anger and grudges from the Hong Kong people toward their mainland motherland. Donations to any “earthquake” in China, according to the growing consensus of Hong Kong people, will translate into the addition of a few bottles of Maotai and rounds of shark’s fin soup to official banquet tables province-wide. Or a few zeros will be added to some secret Swiss accounts. Or, to put it in a more balanced view, it could also mean footing the Oxford or Harvard fees for the siblings of communist officials from remote villages in Sichuan—just shortly after the public tear-shedding ceremony with the mournful premier, Li Keqiang. This may not be a bad thing as the “west” will benefit eventually. Part of the “donation” will also be translated into profits for the Qatari owners of Harrods in London. This is what globalization means. Perhaps Hong Kong people should learn to be more far-sighted. With more donations, local communist officials will be happy. More construction jobs would be created for cheap labor, even for a new spate of “jerry-built projects” due to crumble in the next earthquake. Also: more summer shopping in Paris or on Canton Road. And either Carrie will get her coveted job of chief executive or CY will be re-elected. It’s a multi-win situation. Chip Tsao is a best-selling author, columnist and a former producer for the BBC. His columns have also appeared in Apple Daily, Next Magazine and CUP Magazine, among others.