trans-chigley express wrote:It's fast becoming a police state and it's no surprise to see so many locals clamouring to apply for BNO passports after the UK Government's proposal which China is furious about.
I know there is more to it than my flippant comment below but....
How could anyone in Hong Kong honestly believe that this or similar wouldn't happen?
I am not in anyway in agreement of their policy or lack sympathy towards the protesters plight. Personally, had I have been brought up in Hong Kong I would have sold up and left a long time before the U.K actually signed a deal with China.
As for economic boycotts mentioned earlier , how would that work? We stop or slow the production and selling of Chinese imports ? That would be economically boycotting ourselves wouldn't it ?
Perhaps the easiest way to - try and - answer your first question is to look at what's happened (and is continuing to happen) in HK from a generational perspective.
Following Mao's ascent to power in the late 40s and 50s, many mainlanders fled China and made their home in HK. While poorly educated, most of these guys were very very shrewd businessmen and effectively transformed the Territory to the economic powerhouse it became in the 80s and 90s. Naturally, having seen the damage the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had wrought to their communities back home, the majority of this generation had/have no love for the People's Republic (PRC).
Fast forward 30 or 40 years to the mid-1980s and the signing of the Joint Declaration. The sons and daughters of those who found refuge in HK are now making their own way in the world have seen their parents' suspicions of China justified by the Cultural Revolution of the late 60s and early 70s. Not trusting the PRC as far as they could throw it, many of this generation wisely hedge their bets by taking out joint citizenship in countries like Canada and then commuting back and forth to Asia.
Ultimately, those who could make good their escape before the 1997 handover did as you said and got out while the going was good. Sadly, Joshua Wong and his fellow pro-democracy protestors in 2014's peaceful umbrella movement weren't nearly so lucky.
When the music stopped, younger Hongkongers like JW - the majority of them not even alive in 1997 - found themselves being systematically stripped of one civil liberty after another by the CCP. Matters became even worse when the increasingly wealthy Mainlanders began buying up HK real estate driving up the price of a far from sizeable (believe me I lived in enough of them) 700 sq. ft. apartment to around a million quid.
The biggest tragedy of them all came when once universally respected and trusted institutions like the Hong Kong Police turned on the very people who looked to them to 'protect and serve'. Given the genuinely terrifying events that the police stood by and let happen at Yuen Long MTR (underground) station in July 2019, these kids have every right to fear for their future.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/worl ... -long.html
As for your second question.
The reason why the world needs to hold China to account isn't because of what is being allowed to happen in HK.
HK as it was when I was lucky enough to live and work there between 1986 and 2013 has long gone.
Sadly, that was just the start. Given the proverbial inch, Xi and his Chinazi mates are now taking a mile by carrying out sickening atrocities aimed at subjugating their Eighur moslem countrymen and women in Xinjiang Province.
Then there are the CCP's shameless land grabs across SE Asia (the Spratly islands), and sinister Belt and Road take over of strategic infrastructure assets in poorer countries like Sri Lanka.