China stunned Hong Kong when it announced it would impose a National Security Law on the city. Many worry this could spell the end of Hong Kong’s unique freedoms. If the security law is passed, Hong Kong autonomy will be forever gone. Communist China has dissolved the “One Country, Two State’ system. China is forcing the passage of a security bill to outlaw pro-democracy activities and imposes the heavy hand of communist totalitarian rule.
Hong Kong was handed back to China from British control in 1997, but under a unique agreement, a mini-constitution called the Basic Law and a so-called “One Country, Two Systems” principle has stood to keep Hong Kong autonomy. China is reneging on that agreement. Freedom of Press, Speech and Assembly will now be restricted. Hong Kong independence will fall to China’s heavy handed communist rule.
Many are also afraid Hong Kong’s judicial system will become like China’s. Where trials are held in secret. People accused of criticizing Beijing will be forcibly extradited to mainland China where they will disappear into labor camps or killed for organ harvesting. Almost all trials involving national security are conducted behind closed doors. It is never clear what exactly the allegations and the evidence are, and the term national security is so vague that it could cover almost anything.
The security law will hurt Hong Kong’s liberties and will affect its attractiveness as a business and economic powerhouse. For years Hong Kong was one of Asia’s financial hubs. Indeed one of the world’s economic power brokers. That capitalist privilege will lose investors. China is not doing itself any favors by interfering in Hong Kong’s economic autonomy. They’re only going to hurt their own economy. But I doubt China cares about their economy, like they don’t care about their people. China long history of human rights abuses is well documented.
The opening day of China’s National People’s Congress focused on a controversial security law for Hong Kong that would likely ban treason, subversion and sedition. The proposed “enforcement mechanisms,” have faced significant backlash from the US, Taiwan and pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong. “This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, make no mistake about it,” Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters. DW talks to Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on the current situation.
More than ten thousand people took to the streets in Hong Kong after Beijing proposed at the annual meeting of its rubber stamp legislature a new national security law custom made for the special administrative region. This is a move at once both carefully calculated and taken in a desperate spirit reminiscent of Russian roulette.
If this law is passed, it is the end of the “One Country, Two Systems” promised by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Beijing will set up a national security office in Hong Kong. People can then be arbitrarily arrested and taken to the mainland to be prosecuted in a system with no rule of law. Or, people can be arrested and handled in Hong Kong after the Hong Kong legal system is subverted and turned into a replica of the mainland’s. Hong Kongers suspect military police have already been sent to Hong Kong.
Beijing is taking this action after the mayhem unleashed by the pandemic. More than 122 countries want an investigation into how the CCP virus outbreak happened in China. Why take such a step, knowing it will bring more international condemnation down upon the CCP? CCP has actually weighed the political and financial risks carefully. In the end, political safety appears more urgent and critical to the party.
China has infiltrated in American unsocial media, especially Twitter. Every time I tweet something about Communist China, I get almost an immediate response from a Chinese Bot. Zero followers and less than 10 following. They start hurling insults at you to try and get you mad and say something Twitter can use to suspend your account. They don’t like insults to Xi Jinping. Especially calling him Charlie Chan. Just like my troll commenter Kevin. Right, Kevin?
President Trump announced that he is terminating the U.S.’s relationship with the World Health Organization. He did not take questions from the press. Also Hong Kong will not receive special exemptions because of Communist China’s breaking their commitment to allow Hong Kong’s autonomy under a One Country, Two System state.
I support the Free Hong Kong and Free Taiwan movement. I always enjoyed my stay in those countries. I would hate to see them hurt by Communist China tyranny.
Our weather today started with brilliant sunshine with breezy trade winds and some clouds. Over night we got about 3/8 of an inch of rain. Temperatures are in the upper 70’s with humidity at 73%. Expecting dry weather over the next few days. Good thing the water tank was filled form the last rainfall. As we say goodbye to May and welcome June.
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