Demonstrations in Hong Kong continue. Many protesters waved American flags and wore Trump 2020 gear.
One of the reasons for the demonstrations was the extradition treaty. It would allow virtually anyone in Hong Kong to be picked up and detained in Mainland China, a country in which judges follow the orders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The fear is the new law would target not just criminals but also political activists.
The CCP is the most vicious dictatorship in the world. We know what they are capable of. And the only reason they can remain in power is because China is a totalitarian surveillance state.
The protesters want the U.S. to support the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would penalize Hong Kong or China for undermining the basic democratic rights of Hong Kong citizens.
Why is that important?
One topic that unites everybody in America and in the world is the Hong Kong protest. Both the politicians and the people came together because of Hong Kong police brutality and the arrogance of the CCP.
Chinese President Xi does not have a good plan to deal with the situation. Ideally, he would like to go in and do a brutal put down because he doesn’t want this contagion to spread to Mainland China.
On the other hand, he knows he can’t have another Tiananmen Square. In 1989, the protests started on April 15 and were forcibly suppressed on June 4 when the government declared martial law and sent the military to occupy central parts of Beijing. It became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre because the troops with assault rifles and tanks fired at the demonstrators trying to block the military’s advance into Tiananmen Square. To this day, we don’t know how many innocent people died that day.
President Trump has provided stability in this incident. And he has been over accommodating. He asked President Xi for a meeting. He also said President Xi can solve this in 15 minutes if he listened to the protesters. President Trump even said he we would fly to Hong Kong or China to meet with President Xi.
The big question is, is this a Chinese’s internal issue or is this something much bigger?
I think it’s much bigger. This is an international incident and the West needs to back the protesters. The world is not ready to accept another Tiananmen Square.
Hong Kong is a jewel with Chinese people and English common law, an unstoppable combination. Hong Kong is also the third largest capital market after New York and London. The CCP needs Hong Kong to access the capital markets, the trade and the growth. And if they lose it, Chinese economy would go into a death spiral.
And if the Chinese economy would start to collapse because of CCP’s actions, they would lose legitimacy. And the freedom movement would spread across Mainland China. And if that happens, this could be the beginning of the end of the CCP.
The stakes are high. The protesters are not going to back down. And the West has to stand up.
All eyes are on the U.S. Everyone in China is watching to what degree can the U.S. deter the CCP from violence against the people.
But ultimately, the only people that can get rid of the CCP are the Chinese people. And they would love to have President Trump’s support.