The 26th anniversary of the handover is noted by overseas media. A WaPo op-ed is likely to get both barrels from the Hong Kong government’s press-statement writers…
One might think that Chinese authorities, having quashed the pro-democracy protests that erupted in 2019, would ease up. After all, they’ve shuttered all free media, neutered judicial independence, destroyed civil society and suppressed all political opposition. But since last year, the Chinese government has ramped up its effort to snuff out Hong Kong’s autonomy and Hong Kongers’ rights, even while exporting its authoritarianism around the world.
Many have written off Hong Kong. But paying continued attention is crucial because it tells us something important about the character of Xi Jinping’s government. For the Chinese Communist Party today, too much repression is never enough. China is becoming more emboldened. That spells danger for Taiwan and the rest of the world — unless the lessons of Hong Kong are learned.
A Mainichi editorial says much the same…
…it has become evident that the “one country, two systems” principle guaranteeing a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong is now just facade, tarnishing the shine of the beloved cosmopolis. Beijing and the Hong Kong government must face up to this reality.
At home, the CE repeats warnings about ‘soft resistance’, and imploring everyone to be vigilant against it. Yet we still do not know what it is. Perhaps it is ‘soft power’ in reverse – wielded by the government’s critics or opponents?
(Barely worth mentioning – but a dismal op-ed in the SCMP remarks that ‘Hong Kong’s core values – including a high degree of autonomy, an independent judiciary and the protection of rights, especially free speech – should not be forgotten. They haven’t been. Nor has the dodo.)
Will the press release blasting the WaPo exceed the rhetoric of Saturday’s outburst against EU politicians? If it does (if they can manage it), I can’t wait…
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) today (July 1) strongly disapproved of and firmly rejected the move of certain members of the European Parliament, by jointly writing to the President of the European Commission upon the third anniversary of the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL), to not just wantonly slander and smear the NSL, but also openly clamour for so-called “sanctions” against officials discharging the responsibility of safeguarding national security.
A spokesman for the HKSAR Government said, “The HKSAR Government strongly disapproves of the unfounded remarks by certain members of the European Parliament, out of despicable political motives upon the third anniversary of the implementation of the NSL, to attack the HKSAR in its dutiful, faithful and lawful implementation of the NSL. While the ‘black-clad violence’ and Hong Kong version of ‘colour revolution’ back in 2019 severely damaged the social stability of Hong Kong, the successful implementation of the NSL has enabled the livelihood and economic activities of the Hong Kong community at large to swiftly resume as normal and the business environment to be restored. However, those politicians turned a blind eye to all these facts. Not only did they insist on making absurd, unfounded and fact-twisting remarks against the NSL in the hope of interfering in Hong Kong’s law-based governance and undermining the city’s rule of law as well as its prosperity and stability, but they also clamoured for so-called ‘sanctions’ against officials safeguarding national security dutifully. Their political grandstanding rife with ill intentions have been seen through. Their despicable plots are doomed to fail.
“The HKSAR Government despises such so-called ‘sanctions’ and shall never be intimated. It will continue to resolutely discharge the responsibility of safeguarding national security. It strongly urges the concerned politicians of the European Parliament to immediately stop acting against the international law and basic norms of international relations and interfering in Hong Kong matters, which are purely China’s internal affairs.”
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