Hong Kong Is Dead

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Post by psk836 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:41 am

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0420/c ... _kong.php3

"HONG KONG - Martin Lee has tangled with the Chinese Communist Party countless times in his decades-long fight to achieve free elections in Hong Kong and enlist Western support for the city's democratic ambitions.
Last weekend, the police came knocking. Seven officers appeared at Lee's home and arrested the 81-year-old for participating in an unauthorized protest last year that 1.7 million people attended. More than a dozen other democracy activists were detained the same day.

The arrests buttressed a week of coordinated actions by Beijing that experts say have redefined the status of Hong Kong. The effect was to demolish the "one country, two systems" framework that prohibits Beijing's involvement in local affairs and is supposed to afford the financial center a high level of autonomy.

"The very important story is not my arrest," Lee, who helped draft Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, said in an interview. "What really concerns me is that the basic promise of Hong Kong has been completely changed."

With the world distracted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, China has carried out a power grab in the former British colony, whose way of life it had pledged to preserve until 2047. In recent days, authorities have said for the first time that Beijing's representative offices in the territory can "supervise" Hong Kong's internal affairs - a step that legal experts say violates its constitutional firewall with the mainland. The Basic Law stipulates that the city should run its own affairs, including the police and immigration system, apart from defense and foreign relations.

Beijing officials also called for Hong Kong to introduce a national security law - shelved when an earlier attempt at its introduction sparked massive protests in 2003 - and reached further into the city's legislature with attacks on pro-democracy lawmakers.

The shift "signals the death of the 'two systems,' " said Eric Cheung, a legal scholar at the University of Hong Kong. "It is quite clear that they are now bringing the mainland system, the mainland idea of supervision and rule of law, here."

The upshot is that the Hong Kong the world knew - a capitalist enclave where political freedoms were protected and the rule of law applied - is severely compromised."

Taiwan is next.
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Re: Hong Kong Is Dead

Post by psk836 » Sat May 23, 2020 12:41 pm

https://www.breitbart.com/national-secu ... kdown-law/

Taiwan is next.

“The National People’s Congress (NPC), the rubber-stamp legislature of the Chinese Communist Party, received a draft copy on Friday of the security law Beijing is planning to impose on Hong Kong.

Critics in Hong Kong and around the world warned that imposing the law would spell the end of the island’s special status as an autonomous haven of freedom and foreign commerce, while the Beijing-controlled administration of chief executive Carrie Lam insisted the NPC’s orders will not compromise Hong Kong’s Basic Law.“
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