China-Hong Kong Uncertainty
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At the request of some of our readers and their questions, here is the update from the other side of the globe, regarding Hong Kong’s ongoing Hong Kong’s Protest Against Amendment of the Extradition Bill and Turmoil in Hong Kong. Since March of 2019, there has been ongoing protests in Hong Kong to this day, in unprecedented number of 2 million people.
The people of Hong Kong are protesting in record-breaking numbers, in the video “Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained“, below:
What really lies at the core of the widespread opposition against Hong Kong’s extradition bill? The extradition bill was intended to allow criminal suspects from Hong Kong to be extradited to other countries, including mainland China, to stand trial. But the introduction of the bill in Parliament has triggered a wave of protests from democratic activists, lawyers and the business community who want to see the legislation scrapped and withdrawn. The protests however went out of control and quickly turned into violence when protesters clashed with the police. They also stormed into and ransacked the city’s Legislative Council out of anger. Why has the bill created so much anger and animosity among large segments of the Hong Kong society more than 20 years after the city handover to China? In the video “Hong Kong: A City On Edge, Insight, Full Episode“, below:
After another weekend of violent clashes in Hong Kong, China’s central government on last Monday, July 29, 2019, held a press conference to address the unrest. It condemned the clashes as “horrendous incidents” and reiterated its support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The Chinese spokesperson Yang Guang stated that “One Country, Two Systems” continues to be the best way to govern Hong Kong. He stated that it is important to return to order and address issues of housing and employment for young people. However, he did not address the issue of independent inquiry into police actions. CNA’s Olivia Siong with more, in the video “Hong Kong protests: China condemns “horrendous” clashes, reiterates support for Carrie Lam“, below:
In the video “China’s military warns Hong Kong protesters with propaganda video “, below:
The border between China and Hong Kong has an expiration date, in the video “China is erasing its border with Hong Kong“, below:
China has warned it might be losing patience with what it calls a ‘colour revolution’ in Hong Kong. It’s said those who play with fire must not mistake Beijing’s restraint for weakness – they will eventually be punished, in the video “Will China stop Hong Kong’s protests?“, below:
Effectively, the Extradition Bill is suspended. There is much work that will need to be done in rebuilding the trust and economics satisfaction of the young people of Hong Kong. Carrie Lam, although an extremely experienced and competent civil servant, misred and misanticipated the response and will of the Hong Kong people. She apologized (a rare trait in politicians) twice in her speeches to the Hong Kong people. Time heals all wounds. We here in USA are governed by federal as well as individual state and local governments. The governing and the governed bodies often have a relationship liken that between parents and child. I understand it is difficult for parents to let go at times, but from my personal experience as a parent and as a citizen of USA, it is possible to loosen one’s rein on the child and to allow a federal/central government and state/local governments to co-exist (we do get to elect our own state governor and state legislative body). Keep in mind that the American federal government, as it gained more power since the 1930’s (as a result of the Supreme Court reinterpretation of the Commerce Clause), the edge that America used to have diminished. As a matter of fact, it is essential for a parent not to have extremely tight rein on the child in order to optimize the relationship and be mutually beneficial in the long run. Much remains to be seen between now and 2047, when Hong Kong will be under China’s rule completely. It’s not easy being adopted or step parents and they need to proceed with care.
Keep in mind that we have also learned from our global economy that Good Country Index would potentially have tremendous impact on a nation’s reputation, revenue, and prosperity. A nation would have a better Good Country Index if it has contributed more to the world in terms of making the world a safer, better, richer, and more fair place to live. China has done much to improve the livelihood of Chinese people and people in various parts of the world. That is good for Good Country Index. But somehow, the idea of rolling tanks down main street to subdue protesters would not help to boost her Good Country Index.
Perhaps it is time for both sides to pause the violence and begin genuine dialogue.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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