Something caused many a roar over the last few days in Hong Kong, almost in unison and definitely in harmony, up from China’s foreign ministry, down to our Chief Executive and the Commerce Economic Development Bureau, and even the many self-proclaimed “patriots” who swear their allegiance to “Chinese Hong Kong”. All for but a single letter: our Party’s recent invitation to US President Donald J. Trump for suspending differential treatments between Hong Kong and China as per the US-HK Policy Act, and revocating Hong Kong’s and China’s respective WTO memberships.
This Chinese roar grew from a factual report of Hong Kong’s current situation. In our letter one can find the fact that Hong Kong’s freedoms and human rights are being trampled upon, the fact that democratic elections are still a figment of our imagination, and the fact that China is abusing Hong Kong as a puppet proxy for its own benefits. Hong Kong stands as a free port and an international financial centre, and for this we are used by the Middle Kingdom as a colonial middle-man for unjustifiable actions. It is through Hong Kong that China has imported and stolen various restricted technologies; it is through Hong Kong that China has exported aid to authoritarian regimes facing international sanctions; and it is through Hong Kong that China has waged economic invasion on other countries. All of these are illegal under international law. And such reckless and illegal actions can only continue for so long until the United States starts suspending the differential treatments outlined in the US-HK Policy Act, and other countries follow suit with their own forms of sanction. When that day comes, China and Hong Kong’s colonial government have only themselves to blame.
The reaction to our Party’s letter has revealed the harmonious chorus behind the Hong Kong colonial government for what they are: hypocrites to the core. To them we say: if you truly were loyal to the Chinese cause, then the complete and utter Sinicisation of Hong Kong should be your guide. Let anthems be sang to the name of the “Greater Bay Area”, praise the “Basic Law” upon the loud cymbals – the United States’ revocating differential treatments between Hong Kong and China should trouble you not, for you have Xi Jinping as your lord and protector. But if your aims are not as pure as you claim them to be, if what you are after is to make a quick and crooked buck in China, all the while using Hong Kong as your slingshot into the free world, if you refuse to stand up for Hong Kong’s freedoms, all the while also refusing to pay the price for colluding with Communist China – then, then there is no future for you. No one can serve two masters. There exists a special place in history for those who wish to have their cake and eat it too, and an especially gruesome one if you happen to be a traitor as well.