Another Perspective on Hong Kong Violent Demonstrations

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The four month-long running public demonstrations by section of the people of Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory of the Peoples Republic of China, has gone beyond being an agitation for democratic reforms to hooliganism, vandalism, general disrespect for established law and order, and is an imperial attempt to break or contain China. The script is similar to the one that has been used to dismantle and disorganize the Middle East, Arab World, South America, and North Africa.

Unfortunately, in a world controlled by Western propaganda, this mayhem even with abundant evidence of deliberate, well-orchestrated, wanton destruction, and affront to established order continues to be falsely presented as “pro-democracy” by the media and diplomatic circles. Yet, similar events that have been unfolding for months in France under the Yellow vest Movement haven’t been described as ‘pro-democracy’ by the same propaganda machinery.  

Surely, people, however aggrieved to beat up the police, manufacture and throw cocktails of destructive explosives, wantonly obstruct traffic including at an international airport, and destroy public buildings and other property as is now happening in Hong Kong don’t deserve to be described as pro-democracy. There is a consistent push in western media to portray China as devious and preparing to send in soldiers to quell the protests through brutal force to deepen its control, the reason they cite Tiananmen Square 1989 as a scarecrow. The measured response from China so far is disappointing them. 

This narrative appears to embolden activists to take to violent measures including hurling street fires, bricks, and petrol bombs at the police. They have also been digging up road pavements, and setting their own barricades ablaze in an attempt to halt the police from approaching or tackling them. These are in addition to smashing public buildings and other properties, which all constitute violent actions that should be publicly condemned or frown upon.

Instead, the western media has focused more on the police use of non-lethal weapons like teargas, rubber bullets, pepper spray and water canon to control violent protestors who claim to seek to “free and reclaim Hong Kong.”

The initial protests began against now withdrawn proposed extradition Bill which if it had been passed by Hong Kong parliament, would require that criminal suspects hiding there could be returned to mainland China to face trial and prosecution.

Unfortunately, even after the Bill was withdrawn, the protest movement mutated and broadened to include a push for ‘other’ democratic reforms including universal suffrage, direct elections, civil liberties, free speech, and observance of the rule of law, investigations into alleged police conduct against demonstrators, which should all have been fine.

However, it is becoming increasingly evident that there is US and UK meddling through instigation, sponsorship, fanning flames, and offering diplomatic cover and support to protestors who are getting emboldened by each passing day into destructive forces.

If this upheaval continues, economic slowdown in Hong Kong will likely negatively affect the Chinese economy that the US appears keen to stall, so that it remains the dominant global power. But another decade or two of US unchallenged military, economic and political dominance should trepidation.

According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Hong Kong was the seventh-largest exporter of merchandise in 2017. It was the third global financial center, after New York and London, according to Global Financial Centre Index. In a survey conducted by the Bank for International Settlements, Hong Kong with $437 billion in FX transactions in 2016 was second-largest foreign exchange market in Asia and fourth in the world that year.

The meddlers believe that if civil unrest persists, it could cause a systemic stress point for China, and no wonder, perhaps, why, both Republican and Democratic leaders in the US are sponsoring joint measures under the so-called Hong Kong Policy Act against China seen as threat to US declining hegemony.

Areas of special treatment that Hong Kong currently enjoys under the Act include visas, passports, law enforcement, permitted trade in sensitive technologies, customs designations and investment. The law also ensures that trade between the US and Hong Kong is not subject to the tariffs US imposes on China.

A review of the Policy Act would compel International businesses and investors in Hong Kong or in mainland China through Hong Kong to reassess anticipated risks. This is because currently, Hong Kong is a major conduit for foreign investors purchasing Chinese Stocks and Bonds, and demonstrates the continued importance of Hong Kong as a channel for opening Chinese Capital Markets.

A May 2018 report from the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council shows that about 70% of the world's 100 largest banks operate within Hong Kong borders. Therefore, further deterioration in the political situation could trigger capital flight, and President Trump has been blackmailing businesses to return to the US even when costs are higher there.

Given these facts, imperialist allies, know that sowing chaos in Hong Kong alongside the current and yet to be US imposed trade wars against China, will bring the later to its knees, force it to capitulate and disengage especially from Africa.