Hong Kong: Anti-Corruption vs. Pro-Truth

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Hong Kong: Anti-Corruption vs. Pro-Truth

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Last week, more than a million Hong Kong residents have flooded the streets and demonstrated against a proposed law that would let the semi-independent government there turn residents accused of crimes in mainland China over to communist authorities in Beijing.

Proponents of the law claim it would prevent serious criminals hiding in Hong Kong from evading justice. But many others (myself included) see the law as a way for the Chinese Communist Party to further limit Hong Kong’s already shrinking autonomy – and silence anti-communist voices in the democratic city.

The protest has reportedly even grown larger than the 2014 umbrella protests – in which hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong petitioned to be able to elect their own leadership. (These demonstrations ultimately failed. The chief executive of Hong Kong is nominated by a roughly 1,200-member election committee and appointed by a Beijing-controlled state council.)

In response to the current protests, Hong Kong police fired pepper spray, rubber bullets, and tear gas into the crowds. They have beaten countless unarmed civilians with clubs and arrested demonstrators. Hong Kong’s legislature has postponed a discussion of the proposed law, but its leaders have shown no sign that they would scrap the extradition plan altogether.

In fact, The New York Times reported that Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, who is an ally of the Chinese Communist Party, “compared the protesters to spoiled children and vowed to keep fighting for the extradition law.”

For those who haven’t studied this historically important, dynamic city, Hong Kong was a former British colony, which had a democratic system (and for a short time, a limited movement toward suffrage had begun). This did not last. Hong Kong was turned back over to China in 1997, but it maintained partial independence from the ruling Chinese Communist Party. According to the city’s constitution, it will maintain its semi-independence until 2047, but China’s leaders have been working to speed up this timeline.

Afterall, Hong Kong is a bastion of relative freedom and democracy sitting right off the coast of a communist, totalitarian dictatorship. There, the internet isn’t censored, the press is relatively free, and businesses aren’t controlled by the state. The Chinese Communist Party does not appreciate Hong Kong’s press (which criticizes China’s leadership), nor does it appreciate its hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of pro-democracy residents (who represent a mortal threat to communism).

The response to these protests shows how much control the Chinese Communist Party already wields in Hong Kong.

It also reminds us that General Secretary Xi Jinping is willing to take aggressive steps to stamp out dissent and further consolidate power under the Chinese Communist Party. This is a key part of Xi and the Chinese system that the West has simply misunderstood. (I discussed this further in a recent episode of my Newt’s World podcast).

Those in Hong Kong who are fighting the extradition law do so for very good reason. Within mainland China, Xi has been aggressive about censoring the internet, jailing journalists who aggravate the Party – and in fact arresting virtually anyone who isn’t totally loyal. I have been researching Xi’s consolidation of power for my new book Trump vs. China: America’s Greatest Challenge, which comes out in October.

Like many totalitarians, Xi describes this behavior as part of an anti-corruption campaign. In the short term, this will likely help Xi secure a great deal of power. However, in the long run, I suspect it will create serious problems.

An anti-corruption campaign is not the same as a pro-honesty campaign. Coercive anti-corruption efforts imposed by a totalitarian system will prove destructive. Xi’s coercive police state campaign teaches people to lie and tell the Chinese Communist Party (which is the government) whatever party leaders want to hear.

This (along with many aspects of modern China) mirrors George Orwell’s 1984 – only with modern technology and surveillance capabilities that seem to be beyond even Orwell’s imagination. In this system, truth is erased by fear. Loyalty becomes something that must be proven daily – with every thought, word, and deed. Mark my words: It will end badly.

This is really what the people of Hong Kong are resisting. They see tyranny on their doorsteps.

Your Friend,
Newt


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  • 20 thoughts on “Hong Kong: Anti-Corruption vs. Pro-Truth

    1. I could see this coming when England handed back Hong Kong. Make an agreement with a Communist government, it might as well be written on toilet paper. Real shame, as Hong Kong was a great place to visit, and the people are wonderful!

      Americans need to wake up and realize that although the Chinese people are friendly, their government is not. They are fed a steady diet of anit-American diatribe, just like the old Soviets used to do. We need to boycott Chinese goods until they have a system of govt. change.

            1. My Koreans are keeping my Chinese in line and yes, it is confusing. They all count well though hard to tell apart.

      1. @JDC, I agree. The Communist Chinese government uses every wan of profit to enlarge their military. Every Chinese business and industry is required to aid and assist in the intel gathering effort. The Communist Chinese government is intent on replacing America as the leader of the world and using profit from trade relations with the US to fund their effort. The best thing that could happen is no trade with Communist China, but rather make our allies wealthy, instead.

    2. So I won’t be the first to point this out but Taiwan is its own country. I would argue the same for Hong Kong and Macau but that’s slightly grayer. Don’t condition the world with Chinese propaganda. They really don’t need any help with that.

    3. 2,000,000 – TWO million Hong Kong Chinese protested in Hong Kong and we can’t even get 100,000 “conservatives” to march in DC. What a disgrace. With the fall of America you’d think conservatives would be up in arms (no pun intended) andtake to the streets making the likes of antifa look like a babysitting rally. But nope, conservatives sit at home thinking voting is the best way to “protest”.

          1. I would be happy to March will my brothers and sisters but all I have is camo to wear due to the back country status and apparently folks here don’t want that sterotype shown as they say and so therefore I reckon I will just stay home since the suits are so much better than I. Fags are okay but guys in camp are no longer accepted as part of the conditions of surrender.

            1. Camo not camp

              Could it be those suits are part of the problem? Bet my skills out range theirs 10 to 1.
              But hey you still got Wild Bills “Patriot events” to look forward to aka FEMA camp roundup.

      1. What a sad state of affairs when conservatives start to BLAB about MARCHES to influence public opinion . I will allow
        you may be right,as the SPINELESS, GUTLESS, RINO INFESTED REPUKE PARTY, DOES MORE FLIP FLOPS THAN A FISH OUT OF WATER. As I see it , there are two problems. One there is ZERO REPUKE PARTY DISCIPLINE; two , besides not marching , a good share of KORNSERVATIVES SIT ON THEIR FAT ASS, AND DON”T VOTE.

        1. Republican queers were the same ones then as now that applauded everything Barry did and now they are going to save America so vote Republican. Keep the scam alive. Things will get better, they promise.

    4. “This (along with many aspects of modern China) mirrors George Orwell’s 1984 – only with modern technology and surveillance capabilities that seem to be beyond even Orwell’s imagination. In this system, truth is erased by fear. Loyalty becomes something that must be proven daily – with every thought, word, and deed.”
      Also, welcome to current USA. Look how California, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, almost all American Colleges, and etc are making laws/rules to silence Conservatives, especially White Christian Conservatives. I really don’t care about China, Newt was one of those who kowtowed to China during the Reagan, Bush eras. But, I do care about the US. At least China isn’t bending to the deviants, (LGBTQ), the Muslim and guard their own borders. We need to stay armed. Our intelligentsia are doing all they can to deprive us of liberty and couch it in the 1984 words, such as we are racist if we don’t allow open borders, we are bigots if we disagree with deviant behavior, we are racist if we disagree with the Muslim’s attempt to destroy us and on and on. Then we bitch and moan about China and Russia? Hell we need to pull the beam from our own eyes for sure.

    5. Taiwan, Hongkong, Macau are not part of China. You don’t need a document to cross the state border, but I, as a Chinese need a visa to visit each of those places. Also, they put a tariff on goods from those places.
      The mainland is silent, nobody talks about the protest like it never existed. The CCP hired a lot of commenters to flood youtube and social media, but normal people can’t even see the news without risk of jail time.
      I already became a U.S citizen and don’t look back, but the stories still made me sad.

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