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The U.S. Government Issues Bill Supporting Hong Kong Protest

Don’s Response

I’m a U.S. citizen residing in Shenzhen. China has been unreasonably tolerant of me and other U.S. citizens by allowing us to enjoy the many benefits of China: the people, the culture, the land, the government.

When one considers the blatant human rights violations repeatedly being committed by the U.S. government, it is beyond hypocritical for it to condemn the Chinese government defending against the terrorists in Hong Kong and to do it in the name of human rights.

The U.S. is a failed democracy: the people are not represented by the elected; it is business that is represented, and business that buys the votes. Is this really the model the rioting students want for their city?

Several facts to consider: HK had no democracy under British occupation. It was Beijing that set up the democratic process, as that is what it has established for all other Chinese communities. The difference in the Chinese system is that national and international affairs are managed by the central government, and the representatives are an elite body (usually referred to as the “Party”) of people who are required to be dedicated to discovering and meeting the needs of the people. Within their ranks democracy also rules.

I am not saying that China does not have problems. It does, and some are quite serious. But China is also aware of this and is striving to fix the problems. Don't forget that virtually everything China has accomplished in building itself into the world's second largest economy was accomplished in just 40 years (post Cultural Revolution, beginning with the guidance of Deng Xiaopeng). There is still more to fix, but China is committed to fixing it. The problems happen to be the same as those of the U.S.; the notable difference is that they're being addressed by China, and are largely being ignored by the U.S.

Xi Jinping did not initiate the idea of having his terms unlimited. When it was time for the Congress to choose a replacement president, they could not find one they considered as effective as Xi, and the Congress asked Xi if he would be willing to serve an additional term; Xi agreed, and the Congress amended the Constitution to allow his continuation in office. What the time is right and the right person is found, Xi will step down and the process will continue.

Has anyone actually read the Extradition Bill? I have, and it would have expanded HK’s authority in matters of extradition to the mainland and to other countries. It outlines three explicit criteria: first, the crime under consideration must be a crime in HK as well as in the country or in the mainland that is requesting the extradition; second, it must be a crime defined as punishable by up to three years or more incarceration, and third, the HK government would have the authority to refuse any extradition, even if the other two criteria are met.

My greatest fear is that Trump might do something even more foolish than a trade war or a rhetoric war; he has the real potential of starting a military war. The U.S. has a long history of setting up faked scenarios (Bay of Tonkin; Weapons of Mass Destruction; Muslim Filipinos who were defending themselves after being cornered; the Alamo) to justify unilateral invasions of other sovereign nations. With all the trouble he’s currently in, it would not be impossible for him to use HK as a ruse to do anything up to and including an outright invasion of China. My problem is that I’m on China’s side, and I don’t want to be arrested or kicked out because of someone else doing something stupid, like signing a resolution condemning Beijing’s handling of HK.

I’ve requested several times to be able to talk to the students; I think it would be useful for them to hear from U.S. citizens who are actually familiar with some of the history and governmental structures of HK, England, and the U.S., who do not buy into the false rhetoric the U.S. government is espousing on behalf of business rather than for the people.





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