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US, UK Hong Kong Hypocrisy

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Violent protests at Hong Kong airport trigger public indignation
Violent protests at Hong Kong airport trigger public indignation
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Imagine the response if protesters were to smash up JFK or Heathrow airports, closing down international flight services. The US and British authorities would have culprits rounded up and jailed, or worse, shot dead on the spot by armed police.

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The scenes of vandalism and lawless insurrection this week at Hong Kong's airport -- the world's eighth-busiest hub for passengers -- were staggering. Thousands of club-wielding demonstrators trashed the terminals causing cancellation of all flights for the day.

A reporter for China's Global Times news outlet was lynched by an angry mob on suspicion of being an undercover policeman. That suspicion does not excuse beating the man nearly to death, nor the subsequent attacks on paramedics as they entered the airport to retrieve the injured journalist.

What's also staggering is the hypocrisy of the American and British governments and their media.

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Senior US and British politicians are condemning China and the Hong Kong police for heavy-handed tactics towards the "pro-democracy protesters." American diplomats have been photographed holding discussions with organizers of the demonstrations, which have rocked the southern Chinese enclave for the past 10 weeks.

The United Nations has also weighed in to censure China for repression and excessive use of police force. Why hasn't the UN condemned French authorities for their much more lethal use of force against Yellow Vest protesters, dozens of whom have lost eyes from French police firing projectiles at close range?

Britain's Daily Mail had the gall to report on how Hong Kong's "riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters in violent scenes at Hong Kong airport." That was after gangs of "pro-democracy protesters" ransacked the property and had attacked several people, including the reporter mentioned above.

Upping the ante of interfering in China's sovereign affairs, a senior British lawmaker has urged Britain to grant citizenship to Hong Kong residents. Conservative MP Tom Tugendhadt said this would give "reassurance to protesters" that Britain supports their cause.

Hong Kong was a British colony until it was handed back to China in 1997. Beijing has sovereign control of the enclave albeit with a degree of local autonomy until the full handover to China's integration in 2047 as per the negotiated transfer with Britain. Nevertheless, Beijing has authority to ensure law and order in the territory.

For Washington and London to remonstrate with China over how it handles the civil unrest is totally unwarranted.

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The demonstrations were sparked by an extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong executive which would allow criminal suspects to be transferred to mainland China for prosecution. The Hong Kong authorities have since shelved the extradition bill after demonstrations began to disrupt the territories commerce and civic society.

But the disturbances have continued to grow and become more violent. Last month, Hong Kong's legislative building was trashed by marauding gangs who defaced the Chinese national flag and erected the British Union Jack. Other street demonstrations have unfurled British and American flags.

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My guess is you will find the fingerprints of our psychopaths John Bolton and Mike Pompeo in this riot as the timing is too much for them to not instigate.

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No, it isn't. Diplomats meet with people, on all sides of issues, in public, and take photos with them. US consulate officials also meet with Chinese officials. It's called doing their jobs.

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There is zero evidence of American or British interference in these protests, other than boiler plate Communist Party accusations. What kind of idiotic undercover operation would encourage its participants to carry American and British flags.

HK is a unique place with a unique history. It would likely have gained its independence from Britain in the '50s or '60s along with Malaysia, Singapore and the other major British colonies, had it not been clear that Mao's China would go ballistic and stop at nothing to destroy and retrieve it.

By the same token, democratic representation increased throughout the '60s and '70s (with elected councils and advisory boards), as HK economic and educational levels rose, and the city would have implemented direct elections of the entire legislature in the '80s and '90s had not China loudly and publicly forbid it.

The Communist Party greatly feared what precedent democratic elections would set for the rest of the nation -- it already had enough to worry about with the success of Taiwan, which had evolved into the first fully democratic society in Chinese history.

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And no independence movement ever developed in HK, unlike other British colonies, because its citizens understood from the beginning that the city was part of China, taken by the British at the barrel of a gun, and always would be. The hope was that China would evolve into a democratic society, as Taiwan had done, before HK's inevitable return.

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