It’s one thing to protest, to strike, based on legitimate concerns like: rising inequality, unaffordable housing, human rights issues in mainland prisons, overcrowding, China’s social credit score system, and the like – with the aim of squeezing concessions from Beijing. It’s another to take down the national flag and replace it with a foreign one, inviting foreign powers to effectively lay claim to the island. It’s an affront to HK’s history and statehood to glorify its [British] colonial past, colonial past which had nothing to do with democracy or self-rule. Separatist leaders [backed by the CIA] should be put on trial as foreign agents, working to subvert the rule of law and national security.
By now, it should be relatively clear that many of the leaders of the Hong Kong protests are controlled and directed via the network of United States intelligence agencies and NGO apparatus for the purpose of protecting its corporate tax haven, keeping a friendly outpost on the Chinese border, and sowing seeds of discord within China itself.
However, the protesters are absolutely right in their concern for what will happen if they become part of China – i.e., another human tragedy that is the result of Communist authoritarianism exhibited by the Chinese government.
Thus, both the official and the mentioned unofficial demands are entirely reasonable. The people of Hong Kong must not be forced to live oppressed under authoritarian Chinese rule. Because the US has its own interests that do not involve freedom or human rights, it would be wise of the Hong Kong protests to abandon their Western-backed opposition leaders and find real organic leaders that are not taking orders from the West. They should, however, continue to press for the rights they have and the rights they deserve.
Read the full article by Brandon Turbeville here.
My comment: Even if the protests have CIA money behind them, the central grievance is shared by many people in HK. They don’t wish to be extradited to the mainland to face trial and sentence; and their motivations are completely reasonable, given the oppressiveness and lack of transparency of the Chinese state. The Communist Party will have to make serious reforms before the people of HK will trust their law enforcement, their magistrates, and prison conditions. I’d like to praise the people of HK for their civic spirit, which far surpasses anything in the West. That same civic spirit [principle and discipline] was displayed a few years ago in South Korea and it was called the ‘candlelight struggle.’
I find it interesting that Trump didn’t have much to say about the protests, other than deeming them “very sad to see.” I also disagree with Rick Sanchez on trade with China. Trump didn’t lose with Xi, neither did Xi lose with Trump. Huawei received some space to maneuver in commercial operations, and so did US farmers. The fact that the trade war between China and the US did not escalate after the G20 summit is a victory for both countries.