Patrickov wrote:I fully agree that the events highlighted in your message is still possible to happen, because:
- Carrie Lam still isn't fired
- No officials from China publicly admit they were wrong by even remotely supporting it. (I agree that they don't have to be actively involved though)
- Xi Jinping is not someone who will easily back down
However, denouncing the protesters as having "Munchhausen syndrome" and claiming there are "Usual suspects", means you are indeed just another pro-China troll. As a matter of fact, you are insulting almost everybody I know, including almost all members of my extended family. This point alone can render you "not worth living". Count your blessings because I am not Himmler.
I'm simply being a realist. If that hurts, it's on you. No need to threaten me with extermination. There are indeed the usual suspects, i.e Britain and the US. And the Munchhausen while hyperbolic could be maybe better worded as 'a dependency by segments of the Hong Kong population on a status quo that no longer exists'.
Hong Kong is a microcosm of a bigger scenario playing out. It can't possibly hope to retain its British colonial institutions while under full Chinese control. And that control is scheduled to be implemented. Only Beijing can stop that from happening, so a constructive question would be 'why would Beijing grant Hong Kong perpetual autonomy?' One that can be answered fairly decisively; 'it won't because there is no reason to keep it autonomous in perpetuity'. It's a liability in such a condition because it's an entry point for US and British activism groups.
Not really. China is actually rather eager to take away foreign presence in Hong Kong, and probably many will not be happy. Besides, if Hong Kong falls the next will be Taiwan, and this severely threatens American influence in the West Pacific.
There you go, you actually get it.
Furthermore Hong Kong actually lost relative real-world importance post-handover. It went from comprising 17% of Mainland's GDP to just 1.7%. By the time Beijing is actually enforcing assimilation into Guangdong it will comprise even less. It's not even a relatively important import/export port anymore in the province. Guangzhou has bigger facilities.
Hong Kong's importance is purely political in 2019. A tool for the western media to use and abuse. It can't rise above that noise, no matter how many Hong Kongers turn out to protest. Carrie Lam isn't even a blip on the geopolitical radar. She will be replaced if she goes, by somebody even closer to Beijing's bottom line.
Hong Kong tells the chicom gulagist regime to fuck off
Ignoring for a moment that the 'chicoms' are actually model Fascists, having abandoned communism in the 80's, the appropriate caption for this video is 'Pro-Western Hong Kong activists smile for the western media' because the other 1.43 billion Chinese don't even care about their perceived struggle. It's imaginary, it only exists in their heads. The practicalities will play out as Beijing demands, assimilation is not an if, but a when.
Hong Kong was basically a fishing island with about 3000 people before the British landed there, literally founding and building the city itself.
The city was built with Chinese labor, Chinese goods and British protectionism; taking advantage of its position as a tax haven and middle man between the huge mainland market and the rest of the globe. Yet Shenzhen achieved more in a much shorter time. British imperial achievements are looking less interesting with every passing day. No the British didn't single handedly build hong kong.