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China Moves On Hong Kong, Effectively Overturns ‘One Country, Two Systems’

While the world has been distracted with the pandemic crisis, China has ‘not been letting a crisis go to waste’. They are flexing their might in Hong Kong, whether it’s welcome or not.

Remember the protests in Hong Kong where a million people in masks gathered to protest Chinese encroachments on Hong Kong citizen’s rights? When every eye was turned toward the relationship between China and Hong Kong?

That was before the global economy ground to a halt.

Now that all the world is grappling with problems of their own, ranging from medical care, to hospital case management, to keeping a frail economy from crumbling to dust, China is seizing an opportunity now that we’ve all taken our eye off of the proverbial ball.

As ClashDaily has mentioned previously, China led a coup in Hong Kong’s government, complete with security jackboots escorting out duly elected members so that the Chinese Communist Party loyalist could take charge. China Stages Coup In Hong Kong–Pro-Democracy Politicians Are Physically Removed From Legislature (VIDEO)

[Leftists take note. Communism does NOT give a rip about the sanctity of your vote. Just whether or not they get the power they crave. Sound familiar?]

May 22, 2020 will go down in history as an important milestone. On this day, Beijing announced it will impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, which will effectively end the “One Country, Two Systems” era.

Beijing made the move at this week’s “Two Sessions,” annual legislative meetings of two organizations: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In the past, more than 5,000 delegates, representing the elites in China, from Communist Party members to business executives to movie stars, played their part in this annual political theater. They have no real legislative power, merely rubber stamping whatever the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) presents with 100 percent approval.

Under the guise of the legislative process, allies of Communist China have rammed through legislation that criminalized Hong Kong’s Democratic voices.

Hong Kongers were concerned that the definition of what constitutes subversion was so far-reaching that someone who organizes a peaceful protest could be charged if this bill became law. In addition, the bill would have given Tung’s government broad authority to outlaw any local groups with ties to any organization banned by Beijing.

It would also have given Hong Kong police the power to conduct searches without a warrant and ban disclosing state secrets. Therefore, on July 2, 2003, a day after Hong Kong’s government and Beijing celebrated the six-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, more than 500,000 Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest this bill, which they believed could erode their political, religious, and press freedom. Facing such a strong opposition, Tung withdrew the controversial bill and none of his successors re-introduced it.

…Beijing was clearly incensed as the events unfolded in 2019: Lam’s inability to pass the extradition bill, the ongoing protests that won international admiration and support, and the defeat of pro-Beijing candidates at the ballot box in local elections. 2020 hasn’t gone well for Beijing either. First China had to take draconian measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, which has devastated China’s economy. After the outbreak became a global pandemic, Beijing’s international reputation and credibility plunged as countries blamed Beijing for mishandling the virus in its early days.

Still, Beijing wouldn’t let anything delay a more hard-line stand in Hong Kong. Hong Kong authorities arrested a number of prominent pro-democracy activists for their roles in the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests. Beijing appointed hardliner Xia Baolong the new director of its Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO).

Xia has openly condemned Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers for filibustering bills Beijing wants to pass. In a dramatic scene this week, a few of the lawmakers he condemned were dragged out of the legislative council during a debate about a bill that would criminalize any action disrespecting the Chinese national anthem. —Federalist

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