No courage is required because under “one country, two systems”, it’s perfectly legal to do that; there is nothing Beijing or the Hong Kong government can do about it. Who says Hong Kong has no freedoms? I also ask: who is really undermining one country, two systems?
Such groups as Demosisto and Hong Kong Higher Institutions International Affairs Delegation – an alliance that came out of nowhere – have even offered a list of Hong Kong and mainland officials for Americans to punish. Perhaps they take America’s reputation as global cop a tad too literally.
Words fail to express the disgust that any reasonable Chinese person must feel about such useful idiots rooting for a foreign hegemonic power working to undermine their own country.
Oh, sorry, China is not those people’s country and they are not Chinese. Perhaps they are Americans, or at least American-wannabes. No doubt some of the more useful and visible ones have been promised US passports and green cards. But when push comes to shove, the vast majority will be left to their own devices.
Hong Kong had long prospered because it was able to focus on business and ignore politics. Now, everything is politics; worse, local politics has become internationalised by Americans at the invitation of local useful idiots and political opportunists.
The anti-China phobia and pro-American treachery of so many locals can only mean one thing: any form of autonomy or independence will turn the city into an American satellite state, and a beachhead for Washington to subvert the rest of China.
Those US flag-waving protesters are destroying their own city, not Beijing.
Once Americans finish with you, they won’t remember you.
They will just move on to other cities and countries to destroy or destabilise.
Hong Kong’s protesters, still celebrating the win of pan-democrats in district council elections, have been further elated by US President Donald Trump’s signing of legislation that puts pressure on the city’s government to maintain standards on democracy and human rights, the South China Morning Post said in an editorial .
They believe the two laws, one with the potential to bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions and the other blocking the sale to police of crowd-control munitions such as tear gas and pepper spray, are a further show of American support for six months of rallies, violence and vandalism.
But they need to temper their revelry; domestic issues, not their cause and well-being, are behind the measures. The impact is psychological and the gesture is largely symbolic.
Trump had little choice but to sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Protect Hong Kong Act, which were overwhelmingly approved by Congress last week.
He was also only too aware of the anger his actions would evoke from the Chinese and Hong Kong governments, both claiming interference in their internal affairs and violation of international law, and Beijing vowing to retaliate.
His apparent reluctance was reflected in a statement given with little fanfare, speaking of respect for President Xi Jinping and expressing hope the “leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences”.
Still, Hong Kong has suffered damage to its reputation that adds another layer of uncertainty for businesses and investors. Protesters believe that they have American support for their actions and the radicals among them may be emboldened to resort to even greater violence. They need to think first how and why the laws came about.
The reality is that they are a political gesture rather than a reflection of determination and will. The US cannot be relied on for support. The Chinese and Hong Kong governments will never allow a continuation of violence and vandalism. A solution to Hong Kong’s political crisis lies at home, not abroad.