Hong Kong Protests Primer – Why They Started and Why America Should Care.

Hong Kong exists under a system of Democracy, with recent legislation pushed by Beijing that may change. Why should America care?

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I have spent time in Hong Kong and for me personally there was so much to offer, from the modern Times Square feel mixed with old China tradition, this city was one of my favorites. Sad for me are the recent uprisings that have become a focal point in American news and government, but how did they all start?

How is Hong Kong different from mainland China?

The difference between Hong Kong and China are like night and day, while Hong Kong retains freedom of speech, civil rights and a free economy, meanwhile mainland China boasts socialism and communism. The reasons why stem from from over a century ago which you can learn about here:

While Hong Kong may have an agreement to remain autonomous for twenty-eight more years, recent legislation and actions may allude to China’s want for expedited control.

Heightened tensions

Within the last few months Hong Kong has seen an increase in violence from bother the police and protestors. In the last 24 hours there has been an uptick:

Meanwhile in the US, Congress has moved to enact a Bill condemning the recent actions by China and the Hong Kong police in the House. China responded by blasting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who had publicly condemned the extradition Bill put forward by Hong Kong legislators. But both Democrats and Republicans have agreed to move forward with praising the protestors in contrast to recent American companies willing to kow tow to the Communist regime leading Beijing.

Enter the purpose of this article and why America should care about Hong Kong. If you thought China’s oppressive actions won’t reverberate here think again, as companies race to serve Asia’s burgeoning middle class they have little want to cut ties with the Dragon kingdom. From the NBA to Blizzard, companies are bending to the wants of a nation hell bent on complete Orwellian control over their citizens and acting as a threat to their neighbors. The only ones willing to stand against these recent trends have been the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. After an episode landed them in terrible standing with China, they recently aired an episode that entailed derision towards their censorship and authoritarian leader Xi Jinping.

Where do we go from here?

Unfortunately, I believe this the beginning of a long economic and ideological war with the Chinese government and why we should support Hong Kong now. China is making it known the lengths to which they are willing to go, “Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones,” President Xi told Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in a meeting on Sunday.

Hear Kong Kong now or BE Hong Kong soon.

An emboldened China is also why I support President Donald Trump’s recent tariffs. While in Hong Kong I read “China Rising: An Inside Look at China Today”, a book by Jasper Becker in which he describes China’s business practices, lackluster products, and regular practice of IP theft. The US may benefit our relationship with China via open trade and cheaper products, I believe a soft decoupling necessary to ensure our national security remain intact.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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