The Beginning of the End of Hong Kong (maybe not)



ORIGINAL POST
Posted by Ed 41 days ago

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Almost 200 politicians and legislators from 23 countries issued a joint statement criticizing China’s plans to impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, and warned that it could spark more protests in the city, Radio and Television Hong Kong reported.

Signatories included Hong Kong’s last colonial governor, Chris Patten, and former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, as well as five U.S. senators, and lawmakers from Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, according to the report.
 
 

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COMMENTS
Ed 41 days ago
A coalition of 191 parliamentarians and policymakers from 23 countries have issued a statement condemning Beijing’s “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong,’ and calling for sympathetic governments to unite against this ‘flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
 
The initiative was led by the former governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten, and the former UK Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind. The list of signatories included ex-prime ministers, foreign secretaries, defence ministers, as well as legal and human rights experts and diplomats.
 

Lord Patten of Barnes said: “The statement shows growing and widespread international outrage at the decision by the Chinese government to unilaterally impose national security legislation in Hong Kong.

The breadth of support, which spans all political parties and four continents, reflects both the severity of the situation and ongoing unified international support for the principle of one-country, two-systems.”
 

Ex-British foreign secretary and patron for NGO Hong Kong Watch, Sir Malcolm Rifkind said: “This is the most serious threat to the people of Hong Kong that there has been from the Chinese Government since 1997.  The people of Hong Kong need, and deserve, our support.”

 
 
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Ed 39 days ago
What do you call it when you have to surround government offices with thousands of riot police in order to pass a law?
 
I call it a very ominous development. 
 
 
 

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Ed 39 days ago

Victor Li, the elder son of legendary Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, is hoping that a security law proposed by Beijing would help the semi-autonomous Chinese city bounce back from months of social unrest.

“Hong Kong is now in an atmosphere of political turmoil and business uncertainties,” the 55-year-old, who seldom comments on politics, said in an email sent Tuesday through representatives of his property flagship CK Asset Holdings Ltd. “I hope the related draft can stabilize Hong Kong and help its society and economy return to normal.”

 
 
"It is very difficult to convince people to comply, when they have enjoyed generations of 'western-style' freedoms"  AX Ed 2020
 
Mr Li may find himself profoundly disappointed. 

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Ed 37 days ago
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What is going on in Carrie Lam’s mind? 
 
As Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam declares her unswerving support to implement the draconian China national security law unilaterally imposed on Hong Kong, one has to wonder what goes on in her mind as she looks at herself in the mirror.
 

What happened to this person who was born, grew up and was educated in and benefited from the open civil society of Hong Kong, attended elite local secondary school and university majoring in sociology, and is a serious practising Catholic inculcated with all the Christian values and beliefs?
 
She was trained at taxpayers’ expense in Cambridge where she met her husband who has a British passport, and she had her two sons educated at Cambridge – also holding British passports. How can she be co-opted to an extent that is totally contrary to her personal experience and the values espoused in the environment and company around her?
 
How ironic in that she willingly participates in a regime to enforce the stripping of the values and principles that Hongkongers value. Values that are also enshrined in the spirit of Great Britain, that her husband and two sons must subscribe to as citizens of that country.
 
 
 
 
Let me answer on behalf of Lam.   
 
She is no different than the NBA (and loads of other businesses, individuals and governments) in that she benefits from not rocking the boat.   
 
And she understands that rocking the boat has no upside for her.  She'd be tossed out of office if she didn't follow the party line. 
 
I doubt the author Tom Yam is on the front lines voicing his opposition.  If he wants to understand what is going on in Carrie Lam's mind, a little self introspection would be extremely helpful.
 

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Ed 37 days ago
What to expect now US deems Hong Kong no longer autonomous
 

“One being the state department making the assessment that Hong Kong no longer enjoys autonomy,” he told reporters, referring to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement earlier in the day.

 

“And then, [the second action will be] the determination by the White House as to how we’re going to respond,” he said.

 
A revocation of Hong Kong’s special trading status with the US will put an end to the preferential economic and trade treatment the city has enjoyed and which has, at least partly, contributed to making it the financial and business hub in the region.
 
 
 
 
Hong Kong has been an oasis of rule of law in a sea of corruption.   
 
That is why major corporations maintain there HQs in Hong Kong instead of Shenzhen, or Shanghai, or Jakarta.   
 
Hong Kong is where agreements are signed because corporations understand that the judiciary is fair.
 
Strip away rule of law and Hong Kong is another polluted, congested - expensive - city in China.  With constant simmering and sometimes explosive civil unrest.
 
Boring Singapore surely is beginning to look more appealing by the day. 
 

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Ed 35 days ago
Donald Trump says US to end Hong Kong trade privileges after seeing it is no longer autonomous from China
 
The US government will begin eliminating special policy exemptions it grants Hong Kong, following its determination earlier this week that the city is “no longer autonomous” from mainland China, President Donald Trump announced on Friday.
 
The move will affect “the full range of agreements” the US has with Hong Kong, Trump said in the Rose Garden at the White House, including its extradition treaty with the city and economic privileges enshrined in US law that differentiate it from mainland China.
 
“We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,” said Trump, indicating that the State Department’s travel advisory for the city would be updated “to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus”. 
 
The US would also take steps to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials “directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy”, he said, echoing the language of legislation enacted in November that requires a punitive response from the executive branch in such circumstances. 
 
 
Hong Kong -- the new Shenzhen? 
 
 
 
 

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worthmanalice 35 days ago
But China and Hong Kong officials said that the sanctions won't affect them, Hong Kong and China.

I wondered Lam Cheng reported that there was not much foreign funds moved out of HK these days. Is that very true ?

We knew China government moved the funds to support HKEX and Chinese funded companies, more mainland Chinese companies will get into IPO from China or overseas, I wondered how the Chinese government will have more funds to support bad China economy !

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Ed 32 days ago
US may open doors to Hongkongers in response to national security law
 
Asked about welcoming people from city to ‘come here and bring their entrepreneurial creativity’, Secretary of State Pompeo says Washington is ‘considering it’.
 
 
 
 
UK could offer 'path to citizenship' for Hong Kong's British passport holders
 
The UK could offer British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong a path to citizenship if China does not suspend plans for a security law in the territory, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says.
 
 
 
 
 

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Ed 32 days ago
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US to sell its HK4 Billion Hong Kong property portfolio as US-China tensions rise
 
The U.S. government is selling its property in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Hong Kong, a State Department representative said in an email.
 

The decision comes as protests continue to rock Hong Kong and tensions rise between the U.S. and China over new Beijing-backed national security legislation in the city.


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Ed 31 days ago
Hong Kong Downward Spiral Imminent?
 
Hong Kong’s independence is what makes it attractive and why it is a wellspring of fearless go-getters. Rob that, and Hong Kong is no more.
 
Concerns of it becoming just another Chinese city such as Shenzhen or Shanghai have been aired privately or publicly since protests began nearly a year ago, as in this Skift story, What If Hong Kong Falls?, in August 2019. However, the US is the first to openly say it’s not a “what if” but has happened.
 

Hong Kong has become a “political football,” said Marco Förster, senior associate at Dezan Shira, a pan-Asia firm that guides foreign companies on establishing and growing their business in the region.
 
“What is to be feared is, this will contribute further to Hong Kong’s trip along the downward spiral and there will be an exodus of business,” said Förster. “If firms see that China’s heavier presence in the city is interfering with fair arbitration, they will look for alternatives, especially when there are fitting ones in the region such as Singapore.
 
Many business leaders who were still hesitant about the idea of relocating their Asia-Pacific headquarters might now finally make the move.” 
 
 

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Ed 31 days ago
Brain Drain

‘Never seen that before’: Some Hong Kong residents hit the panic button as security law revives rush for the emigration gates
 
Immigration consultants have fielded hundreds of new calls since China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) unveiled the controversial plan on May 21, bypassing the local legislature
 
 Some are accelerating their decision to buy property overseas, while others are cutting their asking price for local properties.
 
“We’re seeing a four to fivefold increase in cases,” said Hu, founder and principal consultant of John Hu Migration Consulting. “Now they see the urgency. They ask the question, which type of visa has the shortest processing time?” 
 
 

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Ed 31 days ago
Boris Johnson vows overhaul of visa system to accommodate Hongkongers under national security law
 
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised Hongkongers “one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history” if Beijing pushes through the national security law, he wrote in an op-ed published in the South China Morning Post and The Times of London on Wednesday.
 
In his first direct message to the former British colony amid the recent political furore, Johnson acknowledged that “many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life … is under threat” since the National People’s Congress proposed the law last month.
 
“If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative,” Johnson said.
 
“Britain would … have no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong.”
 
Under the new British government plan – which will be put in place when Beijing formally enacts the law – every one of the 3 million Hongkongers who qualify for a British National (Overseas) passport and their dependents could relocate to the United Kingdom to stay and work or study for extendable periods of 12 months, creating a path to citizenship. 
 
 

A stripped car comes to mind.... 
 

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Ed 31 days ago
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Boris Johnson - For Hongkongers fearing for their way of life, Britain will provide an alternative 
 

Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free. They can pursue their dreams and scale as many heights as their talents allow. They can debate and share new ideas, expressing themselves as they wish. And they live under the rule of law, administered by independent courts.

 

With their abilities thus released, Hong Kong’s people have shown they can achieve almost anything. They have prospered hand in hand with China’s economic renaissance; today their home is one of the richest cities in the world and hundreds of mainland companies have chosen to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

 So China has a greater interest than anyone else in preserving Hong Kong’s success. Since the handover in 1997, the key has been the precious concept of “one country, two systems”, enshrined in Hong Kong’s Basic Law and underpinned by the Joint Declaration signed by Britain and China.
 
 

This guarantees Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” with only limited exceptions such as foreign affairs, defence or in a state of emergency. The declaration adds: “The current social and economic systems in Hong Kong will remain unchanged, and so will the life style” including essential “rights and freedoms”.

 
Yet last month, the National People’s Congress in Beijing decided to
impose a national security law on Hong Kong
, which would curtail its freedoms and dramatically erode its autonomy.
 
If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the Joint Declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations.
 
 

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Ed 29 days ago
Senators Push ‘Unprecedented’ Sanctions on China Over Hong Kong
 

A Senate Republican who’s sponsoring legislation to penalize banks that work with Chinese officials moving to crack down on dissent in Hong Kong said his bill would bring “unprecedented” action to the issue.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said his bill “penalizes the banks that choose to finance the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and put marginal profits ahead of basic human rights.”

Toomey said the measure would be “be an unprecedented action toward the Chinese Communist officials and it is intended to create obstacles to that aggression -- obstacles that the leadership in Beijing has not encountered before.”
 

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Ed 29 days ago
Lawmakers in Eight Countries Form New Alliance to Counter China
 

A group of senior lawmakers from eight democracies including the U.S. have launched a new cross-parliamentary alliance to help counter what they say is the threat China’s growing influence poses to global trade, security and human rights.

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which launched Friday, comes as the U.S. struggles to muster a cohesive alliance to take on China’s growing economic and diplomatic clout and as it leads foreign governments in condemning Beijing’s move to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong that threatens the city’s autonomy.

 

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Ed 24 days ago
Aviva Investors 'uneasy' over HSBC, StanChart backing for Hong Kong security law
 
LONDON (Reuters) - Aviva Investors, a leading shareholder in both HSBC (HSBA.L) and Standard Chartered (STAN.L), said on Tuesday it was “uneasy” about the companies’ decision to back a new security law in Hong Kong.
 
Aviva Investors’ Chief Investment Officer, Equities, David Cumming said both had done so without knowing the details of the law or how it will operate in practice. 
 

“If companies make political statements, they must accept the corporate responsibilities that follow,” Cumming said.
 

“Consequently, we expect both companies to confirm that they will also speak out publicly if there are any future abuses of democratic freedoms connected to this law.”
 

Aviva Investors is a top-20 investor in both HSBC and Standard Chartered, data from Refinitiv shows.
 

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Ed 23 days ago
Dreaming of Singapore 
 
Executives at many American multinationals in Hong Kong are starting to dream of large, inexpensive apartments....  teargas and smog-free air..... stability... good schools...  rule of law.... 
 
And this is before the US government makes good on its threats to strip Hong Kong of its trading and financial privileges which would effectively force major financial institutions to relocate their head offices. 
 
  
 
Hong Kong (CNN Business)American executives in Hong Kong are nervous about the city's future as a center for global business. For the minority already considering a Plan B, though, Singapore might be the only realistic option.
 

More than 50 respondents to a recent survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Hong Kong said they were considering moving capital, assets or business operations to "other locations" after Beijing approved plans for a national security law for Hong Kong. The law will be drafted over the next two months and its implementation will bypass the city's legislature.
 
The law bans sedition, secession and subversion against Beijing and allows Chinese state security to operate in Hong Kong, but it's not yet clear exactly what it would mean for business: Even the city's top officials have offered few details on how it would work.
 
But its existence has drawn ire from Western countries like the United States, which has threatened to end a special economic and trading relationship with Hong Kong. Beijing's encroaching authority in the semi-autonomous city has also sparked fears about whether more restrictive measures could be introduced that would affect Hong Kong's tax structure and open regulatory environment for foreign companies.
 
While only 180 AmCham members took the survey — about 15% of the organization's membership — the responses suggest that alternatives to Hong Kong are on the table for dozens of companies. AmCham said its respondents listed several relocation options, including Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei.
 
 
 
 



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Ed 20 days ago
China in brace position as Five Eyes form united front
 
China is bracing for a stronger pushback from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, as its members unite to tackle an increasingly assertive Beijing together, observers said.
 
Georgina Downer, principal of geopolitical and strategic advisory firm Tenjin Consulting, said there were clear signs of concerted action by the five members.
 
“We are definitely seeing growing cooperation between Five Eyes nations on their response to China, evidenced by their swift issuing of a joint statement on Hong Kong and announcement of a Five Eyes economic dialogue to coordinate the production of strategic goods,” Downer said.
 
“The swiftness of the change in policy in the UK over 5G and agreement among Five Eyes nations to establish a D10 of democratic and like-minded countries to cooperate on 5G technology is another good example of how China’s aggressive diplomacy has quickly aligned Five Eyes nations’ strategic thinking about Chinese investments in critical infrastructure.”
 
She added that there was now a “concerted and much more open effort among Five Eyes to focus on economic cooperation around countries with shared values and strategic thinking”. 
 
“The Five Eyes is thinking if they were to respond individually to China they are going to get robbed. So to have any traction with Beijing they will have to coordinate their response, because what China is doing is being coercive, playing one off against another,” Blaxland said. 
 
 

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Ed 18 days ago
EU plans dialogue with the US to deal with China’s ‘growing assertiveness’
 
EU foreign policy chief’s suggestion comes just days ahead of Monday’s EU-China summit, amid an ensuing lack of commitment by Beijing on widening market access
 
His proposal was a surprise to some, as his recent blog post seemed to suggest that the EU would not form a transatlantic alliance with the US on China
 
 
 
Here's what really happened.   
 
The men who pull the strings in the US heard about Josep Borrell's comments regarding China the other day and they emailed him this:
 
https://youtu.be/vRTiTgfsuv8 
 
Pompeo then followed with a slightly harsher phone call threatening to rip Borrell's entrails from his body and feed them to the pigs if he tries to circumvent the anti-China coalition that the US is organizing.
 
Borrell, aware that he was trying to snatch the Big Dawg's Bone (and we all know what happens when we try to take the dog's bone away...), quickly withdraw his hand, and said sorry Big Dawg....  I should have known better.   
 
When the Big Dawg wants to eat - the Big Dawg will eat.   Keep your fingers at a safe distance....

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Ed 18 days ago
The Expat Exodus Gains Momentum...
 
Robert Chipman, chief executive for Hong Kong with the global relocation service Asian Tigers Group, said he saw a spike in interest early this year as people made decisions to leave after eight months of political unrest and the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.
 

Chipman is concerned that further protests may not only push more foreigners to the exits, but also persuade some who are weighing a move to Hong Kong to avoid the city -- putting its future as an expat enclave at risk.
 

“If people feel Hong Kong is not a safe place, and there’s civil unrest, even the whisper about that will keep people out,” Chipman said. “On the civil unrest, I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel there. There’s deep-seated emotions.”
 
A survey conducted June 1 and June 2 by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong found 38% of about 180 members who participated were personally considering leaving in light of the new national security law. And about 30% said the law is causing their companies to look at moving assets including capital and business operations to other locations.
 
Joel, a former trader who until recently was based in Hong Kong and who declined to provide his full name, began making plans to leave the city in November after a taxi in which his wife and children were riding was flanked by protesters and police nearby were firing tear gas. The experience shook the family and he hunted for an alternative, settling on Singapore.
 
“In a calm world, it’s good to be in an exciting place like Hong Kong,” he said. “In a turbulent world, you want to be in a stable place like Singapore.”
 
Other issues such as the high cost of living in Hong Kong are also a factor. Hong Kong retained its crown as the most expensive city in the world for expats, according to the latest survey from global consultancy Mercer. Rival Singapore fell two spots to fifth.
 
 
 
Historically, attempts to quash a rebellion with extreme measures has resulted in protesters responding with increasingly extreme measures of their own.  Northern Ireland comes to mind..... 
 
 
 

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Ed 15 days ago
G-7 Urges Beijing to Reconsider Hong Kong National Security Law
 
Foreign ministers from the G7 are calling on China to drop plans to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong that they said would put the system that had allowed the territory to flourish at risk, as officials prepared to meet in Beijing to thrash out the details of the legislation.

 
In a joint statement, the ministers said China's decision to impose the law was "not in conformity" with either the Hong Kong Basic Law, the territory's mini-constitution, or its obligations under the "legally-binding, UN-registered" Sino-British Joint Declaration.
 
 
 
 

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worthmanalice 13 days ago
People can tell those pro Xina officials are playing nationalism then people need to ask all herds what's the definition of 5 stars. If pro Xina officials can't answer it then they should be arrested. If they have overseas passports and their kids study overseas, it means they do not love Xina. They should only have the Chinese passports and their kids should study in Xina if they love Xina. Isn't it ?

Some people won’t ever understand. They are herds who just follow some other idiot who in turn is following another. No personal usage of the brain or thought process. All pro-Xina HK judges need to have the licences of the Socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics. They shouldn't use UK law if they love Xina. People should play more red into those pro Xina officials and supporters who keep supporting and yelling Xina, Xina and Xina. And it’s much easier to spread hatred, yet shouting fake patriotism and cultural slogans. Hypocrisy is their DNA.

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Ed 11 days ago
EU presses China over trade, warns on Hong Kong law 
 
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union told China on Monday to make good on a promise to open up its economy and warned of “very negative consequences” if Beijing goes ahead with a new security law on Hong Kong that the West says will curtail basic rights.
 
 
 

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worthmanalice 11 days ago
Actually China created tons of bond and their Chinese agencies sell it hard. Many people put all negative comments. People say it is for CCP's wallets. Lam Cheng officials and pro-China supporters should buy if they love China !

It seems Lam Cheng officials treat the international agreements and law like shit. I think they will be on the sanctions list ! Sanctions CCP's and their relatives' overseas assets and pro-China Hong Kong officials' that is more than the amount of trade deals.

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worthmanalice 10 days ago
Hong Kong Macau office pro China official studied law ! He does not even know what judicial independence is. He says that the judge is judicial independence without any influence on the courts. But the judges are selected by Lam Cheng and an advisor is CCP's. Judicial independence?

He has all his own ideas and knowledge for the international law and agreements.
 
The West should take actions against CCP and CCP's Lam Cheng administration! The new security bill will only allow Lam Cheng to select the judges and the arrested people will be passed to China then what's the difference in between the extradition bill.
 

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Ed 9 days ago
Huawei loses out to Nokia, Ericsson in building Singapore’s main 5G networks
 
Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei lost out to Nokia and Ericsson in building Singapore’s main 5G networks.
 

Local telcos were given the final approval on Wednesday by the country’s regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), to start building the two nationwide networks. They were provisionally selected in April and had to complete the regulatory process.
 
 
The UK pulled the plug on Huawei recently... and now Singapore has gone with the competition...  there might be a pattern emerging here....
 

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Ed 8 days ago
An Ominous Development?
 
The US government is selling its portfolio of HK properties worth over 40 billion HKD.    Most of the properties were purchased while Hong Kong was a British Colony.
 
Now why would the US government be selling now?  What might they know?  
 
 

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worthmanalice 7 days ago
Even if an ibanker has tons of money, it does not mean that he can treat anyone like a slave. It does not mean that he needs to work and stand with a terrorism org. to threatening people badly. We are all humans. If anyone and any company or any bank assists and works with CCP and Pro-China HK officials then they should be on the sanctions too. Fair enough. Why do those HK pro-China and CCP officials want to control people ? Why can't they just accept others to control them ? 

Unfortunately Xi wanted to become version 2 Mao Zedong, Private enterprise Alibaba became State-owned enterprise Aimama ! Why ? CCP wants to control everything and grouped all power together, CCP thinks wars can decide everything. Xi leads China the same as War II Japan in history. It is not a bad thing for people in China. Drones are ready for all exercises in the South China Sea. CCP, HK police and HK pro-China officials still think they are powerful fighting the world and do everything correctly !



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Ed 4 days ago
The Beginning of the End of Hong Kong 
 
U.S. announces end of Hong Kong's special status
 
The United States has revoked Hong Kong's special trading status, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced in a statement Monday.

The decision comes as Beijing prepares to pass a national security law that many fear will severely curtail Hong Kong's autonomy and has prompted the U.S. to, among other things, place visa restrictions on some members of the Chinese Communist Party and end defense exports to Hong Kong.
 
In his statement, Ross said the new security measures will increase the risk "that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted" to the Chinese army and government. Subsequently, he said, the U.S. can no longer exempt Hong Kong from trade restrictions placed on China.
 
 

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Ed 4 days ago
THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF HONG KONG 
 
U.S. announces end of Hong Kong's special status
 
The United States has revoked Hong Kong's special trading status, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced in a statement Monday.
 

"With the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted to the People’s Liberation Army or Ministry of State Security has increased, all while undermining the territory’s autonomy.

Those are risks the U.S. refuses to accept and have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status."
 
As a result, the Commerce Department said that "regulations affording preferential treatment to Hong Kong over China, including the availability of export license exceptions, are suspended."
 
Ross also said that "further actions to eliminate differential treatment are also being evaluated" and urged Beijing to "immediately reverse course and fulfill the promises it has made to the people of Hong Kong and the world."
 
 
 
Did I mention that the American government is unloading its entire HK property portfolio... 
 
 

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Ed 4 days ago
THE BEGINNING OF THE END: 
 
National security law: US ends exports of defence equipment and restricts dual-use tech to Hong Kong
 
The United States will stop exporting defence equipment to Hong Kong because of Beijing’s pending implementation of a national security law, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday.
 
As China moves forward with the national security law, which is expected to pass this week, “we can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China”, Pompeo said in a statement.
 
“The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to eviscerate Hong Kong’s freedoms has forced the Trump administration to re-evaluate its policies toward the territory,” Pompeo said. The US “is forced to take this action to protect US national security”.
 
Previously, Hong Kong had enjoyed special privileges that allowed it to import American defence equipment that Beijing did not have. It was also able to import dual-use technologies without the licences required when the same items were sold to mainland China.
 
“We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the [Chinese Communist Party] by any means necessary,” he said. 
 
 
 
This not giving me that 'Monaco of Asia' feeling.... 
 
 
Let's revisit the Hong Kong thesis.  
 
What makes Hong Kong (and Singapore....) different from Shenzhen?   Or Shanghai?  Or Manila?  Or Jakarta?  
 
Rule of Law :   the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws. 
 
It's not the the nightlife, the international feel, the shopping or the entrepreneurial spirit.  NONE of those would exist in their present form without Rule of Law.
 
And Hong Kong's special trade status is also a product of Rule of Law.   To reiterate, Hong Kong has been an OASIS of stability in an ocean of corruption.  
 
Strip away Rule of Law and the rest will follow (and head to Singapore?)
 
 
Meanwhile, 5000 riot police are on standby to help with 'celebrating' the July 1 anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China.   Don't confuse the tear gas with fireworks.
 
 
https://youtu.be/VScSEXRwUqQ 
 
 
 


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Ed 4 days ago
Is the West pursuing regime change in China?
 
Headline after headline after headline in the MSM identifying CCP atrocities.
 
The latest: 
 
Pompeo calls report of forced sterilisation of Uighurs 'shocking'
 
Report called strongest evidence yet that China's policies in Xinjiang met one of the genocide criteria of the UN.  More...
 
 
Is the West pursuing regime change in China?   Is the agenda one of overturning the current CCP faction in favour of replacing them with a more compliant leadership?   This is standard operating procedure for the CIA who have overturned regimes in dozens of countries over the years.
 
The CCP has accused the US of meddling in Hong Kong and supporting the protesters.   Might there be some truth to that?
 
Could it be that no matter what the CCP does in Hong Kong, the West will not back off, so the CCP takes a hardline because there is no other viable option?
 
 

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Ed 4 days ago
 
Here is a list of countries in which the US has been involved in regime change since 1900:
 
 
 
 

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Ed 4 days ago
‘Relaunch Hong Kong’ PR contract worth US$6.2 million goes to firm linked to controversy, raising eyebrows in industry
 
The Hong Kong government’s choice of a public relations firm to help rebuild the city’s shattered international image has raised eyebrows in the industry.
 
PR experts wondered why the government handed the plum US$6.2 million (HK$48 million) deal to Consulum, which is staffed largely by employees of an international firm that collapsed in 2017 after running a racially charged campaign in South Africa.
 
A number of global PR firms shunned the campaign or withdrew from the tendering process in the wake of last year’s anti-government protests sparked by the now-withdrawn extradition bill, and more recently, Beijing’s move to introduce a national security law for Hong Kong. 
 
 
 
Damn.  If I had know they were this desperate I would have bid on this contract!   
 
My first slogan would have been 'HK Welcomes the World Back with Free Gas Masks on arrival!' 
 
I can't help but wonder if the US tapped the big PR firms on the shoulder and said 'stay out of the bidding for the HK contract or don't bother bidding on any US government contracts' 
 
 
 
Now how to convince these people to hand out flowers or perform a lion dance instead of warning the tourists to stay away? 
 
 

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Ed 3 days ago
 
FCC Calls Huawei, ZTE Security Threats as It Bars Subsidies 
 
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission designated Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as national security threats, a step toward driving the Chinese manufacturers from the U.S. market where small rural carriers rely on their cheap network equipment.
 

The action means money from federal subsidies used by many small rural carriers may no longer be used to buy or maintain equipment produced by the companies, the FCC said in a news release.
 

“Both Huawei and ZTE have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Twitter. “We are sending a clear message: the U.S. government, and this @FCC in particular, cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit vulnerabilities in U.S. communications networks.”
 

The FCC has increasingly scrutinized Chinese companies as tensions grow between Beijing and Washington over trade, the coronavirus and security issues. The agency is considering banning three Chinese telephone companies, and last year barred China Mobile Ltd. from entering the U.S. market.
 
 
 
 
Does the West intend to chip away at the Chinese economy just enough to achieve regime change?   Obviously toppling the Chinese economy is not something anyone wants given its critical role in the global supply chain.
 
Note the headline in this HKFP exclusive
 
China expert Jerome Cohen – ‘We can’t give up… when Xi leaves the scene, there will be a return to a better life’ 
 
Do we interpret that as the West is working to oust Xi in favour of a more compliant regime and when/if that happens, relations will be normalized? 
 
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Ed 3 days ago
Then there is the interesting timing of the border dispute between India (a US ally) and China.
 
Suddenly the two countries are skirmishing over barren wasteland where there has never been a clear border.  
 

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Ed 3 days ago
Australia Takes Aim at China
 
Australia’s anti-foreign interference laws are being tested for the first time, two years after their passage amid warnings of “unprecedented” espionage, amid a probe that has seen authorities raid the homes and offices of a China-friendly state MP and his former staffer.
 
Searches by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) last week on properties connected to New South Wales Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane and his former staffer John Zhang have focused scrutiny on Canberra’s sweeping counter-intelligence legislation introduced in 2018 amid fears of interference by Beijing.
 
 
 
More fuel for the 'regime change' fire? 

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Ed 7 hrs ago
The Doctrine of Mutual Destruction
 
In the original telling of David versus Goliath, the smaller David unexpectedly defeats his giant foe with several well-aimed pebble shots to the head. But let’s imagine a different kind of showdown: one in which the underdog, aware of the impossible odds, grips on to the opponent as they wrestle to the death, eventually tumbling off a cliff and crashing down in mutual destruction.
 

That’s laam caau (攬炒, pronounced “lahm tsow”), the strategy that a sizable fraction of Hong Kong protesters think is the only way they stand a fighting chance against their formidable authoritarian foe, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 
 
The phrase, which literally translates to “embrace and fry” in Cantonese, is borrowed from poker to mean making your opponent suffer as much as you do.
 
Some call it a scorched earth, or an “if we burn, you burn with us” philosophy. At its core, it’s the belief that the existing political framework is so rigged that operating under the current rules of engagement, as dictated by China, will only lead to defeat.
 
“We have already wasted decades bargaining for our promised freedoms,” said Finn. “Once you realize that there is no way back and the veneer of freedom in the past has peeled off, then taking action is the only real answer.”
 
Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker, is another moderate who said she is increasingly “tilting towards” laam caau—and China’s continued efforts to dismiss all protesters as violent extremists will only draw more Hong Kongers in the same direction, she added. 
 
 
https://youtu.be/GmhMLgkV1G4 
 

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Ed 7 hrs ago
India Seeks to Halt $2.8 Billion of Power Gear Import From China
 
India will stop power equipment imports from China, power minister Raj Kumar Singh said, amid simmering border tensions between the two neighbors. 
 
 
 
India Shows China Tech the Other Side of the Fence
 
Protectionism cleared the way for mainland upstarts to grow into giants. Now, they’re finding overseas markets closing against them.
 
 
 
 
Again, the timing of the border skirmish between India and China is interesting, considering that India is an ally of the G7 nations.   It is being used by India as justification to cut a range of Chinese businesses out of the Indian markets.   
 
Might the skirmishes have been provoked by India, at the behest of western powers, as part of a coordinated response related to the situation in Hong Kong? 
 
 

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Ed 6 hrs ago
Canada Suspends Its Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong, Eyes Immigration Boost
 
Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security legislation and could boost immigration from the former British colony, top officials said on Friday.
 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would continue to stand up for Hong Kong, which is home to 300,000 Canadians.

Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong, he told reporters.

"We are also suspending the Canada-Hong Kong extradition treaty ... we are also looking at additional measures, including around immigration," he said. He did not give details.

Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne condemned the "secretive" way the legislation had been enacted and said Canada had been forced to reassess existing arrangements.

 
"This is a significant step back in terms of freedom and liberty ... we had been hoping Beijing would listen to the international community and reverse course," he said by phone.

German and British leaders also expressed concerns about the new law.

 
"(There's) a deep reflection in many capitals around the world as to how best to deal with China and its assertiveness," Champagne said.
 
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The G7/Five Eyes have stated that their strategy was to form a united front so that they could not be singled out for punishment.   And they are forming a united front as nation after nation goes on the offensive.    
 

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Ed 5 hrs ago
Playing hardball with China works – the west is right to move to a ‘constrainment’ strategy
 
 
Global attitudes towards the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are hardening. In 2019, the European Union declared the PRC a “systemic rival” amid rising trade tensions.
 

In May 2020, the White House published a paper that described the US’s competitive approach to the PRC based on “principled realism”. One of the report’s key passages stated that the US government will: “Respond in kind to Beijing’s transactional approach with timely incentives and costs, or credible threats thereof.”
 

And on June 5, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) was formed. Lawmakers from 11 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Japan and Canada are now working “towards reform on how democratic countries approach China”. They seek to safeguard the rules-based international order, uphold human rights, promote trade fairness, strengthen security and protect national integrity.
 

All of these developments suggest that western China policy is rapidly changing. What remains unclear, however, is what exact form it will take.
 
 
 
We are beginning to see what form constrainment is taking (see my previous posts). 
 
 
 
 

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Ed 5 hrs ago
Beijing faces a perfect storm as the world turns against its narrative amid rising nationalism, leaving it no room for compromise
 
In the face of growing global criticism, Beijing may be painting itself into a corner with its narratives, which are fuelling an increasingly angry nativism in China, forcing it to take the dangerous path of doubling down on confrontations
 
China is heading into a perfect storm on the world stage. While the Communist Party habit is to double down when confronted, others are showing a willingness to match, and top, anything China does. The Covid-19 crisis has provided the perfect cover with China already painted by some as the instigator, something its conspiratorial rhetoric has only exacerbated.
 
Beijing is out of supporters in Washington. Sinophiles are appalled at the negative human rights news. The harassment of journalists based in Beijing has hardened the foreign press corps against the party. The think tank community is concerned about the continued detention of the two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

And the business community has realised the limits of the economic opportunities in China. Even fewer will want to champion Beijing, as the narrative of China as an adversary takes off in the public imagination.

 
 
The wind is picking up....
 
 
 

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