It isn’t often that I talk about what is happening in China. For the most part, I either talk about some Chinese Millennials not having the desire to worship Xi Jinping as their communist god, or talk about how the ChiComms have no real chance in a trade war with us when our economy is roaring like it is. However, given that there currently are protests happening in Hong Kong, I feel the need to emphasize something that I find rather amusing.
During the protests, a number of Hong Kong protesters (though far from a large number) have chosen to fly the American flag in protest to the Chinese extradition bill directed at Hong Kong which would undermine their freedoms and the city-state’s democracy.
The American-flag-flying protesters issued relatively similar, though fairly different responses as to the reason behind flying the Stars and Stripes. According to the Asia Times, one person explained he was flying the American flag to “urge the U.S. Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as soon as possible.” The mentioned bill would, if passed, impose sanctions “on individuals from the mainland and the city-state who violated human rights and require the U.S. government to annually review whether Hong Kong is democratic enough to merit lucrative U.S. trade privileges not afforded to the rest of China,” according to TownHall.com
Another protester insisted the reason he was flying the American flag was so that the Chinese government would be infuriated enough to employ military action against the protesters and get the U.S. to, in turn, take more concrete, likely military, action against China.
Truth be told, I have a bit of a problem with that second reason. I don’t think it’d be a good idea to risk the lives of other protesters, risking them getting either imprisoned or outright executed, just to advance your own goals. That is pretty much one step below Leninist revolution, ironically. What’s more, I am not sure the U.S. would actually do anything militarily if the Chinese were to do that. The Venezuelan government has had a Gestapo-like police force in place for two years now, where they arrest, humiliate and/or execute those whom the government deems to be in opposition to the Maduro regime and the U.S. isn’t doing anything militarily about it (not that I’d want us to at the moment). We are implementing more and more sanctions on Venezuela, but not much more than that. Trump doesn’t want an unnecessary war.
So to hope for American military action in response to Chinese military action against its own protesters is unwise. Even if the Chinese were to take action against the protesters in that manner, as long as the Chinese don’t attack us, the U.S. won’t see much of a reason to act through military force, especially considering that taking such force could lead to a larger conflict, maybe even a third World War. And considering Trump wants to get reelected, getting us into World War III would not help him out (and he would be blamed for starting it, even if it were not necessarily the case).
Now, funny enough, the fact that some protesters were flying the American flag has led to a spokesperson for China’s foreign minister to make the claim that America has something to do with the protests. Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China’s foreign minister, said: “I hope the U.S. will answer this question honestly and clearly: what role did the U.S. play in the recent incidents in Hong Kong and what is your purpose behind it?... We advise the U.S. to withdraw its dirty hands from Hong Kong as soon as possible.”
Can’t say I’m surprised that the brainwashed communists are asserting, without evidence, that the U.S. is in any way involved with the protests. However, reality is far different from what the ChiComms are suggesting. One protester insisted that he is “just expressing myself, I’m not paid by anyone. The Chinese government wants to attribute [protests] to foreigners, not to Hong Kong people.”
Not that that will matter much to the ChiComms, of course. Even if the U.S. were to send the ChiComms a message answering their ridiculous allegation, they would probably misinterpret something and claim the U.S. was admitting fault, considering this literally happened in early 2001 when the Chinese received a letter from the U.S. saying they offered their condolences to a Chinese pilot’s family when the pilot’s plane collided with a U.S. spy plane, leading to his death, but the U.S. did not outright apologize for the incident, saying it was not their fault. Still, Chinese translators misinterpreted the sentiments expressed to the pilot’s family as a form of apology to the ChiComms.
In any case, it should be noted that the U.S. flag is far from the only flag that the protesters have flown. In conjunction, the protesters have also flown a flag with a white orchid on a red background, signifying democracy and peace in the city-state, as well as Britain’s Union Jack and the flag that was used when Hong Kong belonged to Britain. One protester, according to the Japan Times, said: “I miss the British-Hong Kong government before 1997. The British helped us build a lot of things: separation of powers, our rule of law, our entire social system.”
Even the Brits themselves responded to the protests, saying: “We stand behind the people of Hong Kong in defense of the freedoms that we negotiated for them when we agreed to the handover in 1997 and we can remind everyone that we expect all countries to honor their international obligations,” said Jeremy Hunt, then-foreign secretary of the British government, when he spoke to Reuters early last month.
Still, I have no idea as to why the British government decided to let the ChiComms have Hong Kong, even under the agreements they reached. I understand that Hong Kong was to be left alone in its governance, for the most part, but considering the Chinese government is run by LITERAL COMMUNISTS, I’m surprised no one saw this extradition bill as a possibility in the future. Of course they would eventually try and attempt a communist, if legislative, takeover of Hong Kong! I don’t think there is much the British would be able to do against the Chinese in such a case, apart from announcing their disagreement to it!
But in any case, what’s done is done. One can only hope that the protesters succeed (if at all possible) in their bid to keep Hong Kong from being completely under communist control. Personally, I will stand with the protester who urged Congress to pass the aforementioned bill. If, indeed, it can do something to keep the ChiComms from taking over Hong Kong, I see no reason for the bill not to pass (then again, considering just who is running the House right now, I’m not entirely certain that it would pass there).
Liberty is always worth fighting for and I hope and pray for the best for these protesters. The fact they are waving the American flag is only more endearing to me.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
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