Monday, August 19, 2019

This Is Why China Is Thinking Long And Hard Before Sending The PLA Into Hong Kong

Anti-extradition bill protesters attend a rally in Victoria Park demanding democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

David Dodwell, SCMP: China will think long and hard before sending in the PLA – it needs the Hong Kong ‘experiment’ to work, and it wants Taiwan back

* There is still time for the violent protests to be reined in. Hong Kong remains an indispensable connector between mainland companies and the world, and the city stands as proof of China’s commitment to the market-driven global economy

There has been much hand-wringing in Hong Kong in recent days over the danger that impatient hardliners in Beijing will detonate the nuclear option, either unleashing the People’s Liberation Army garrison on pro-democracy protesters or trundling in thousands of People’s Armed Police, who have been amassing in a sports stadium in Shenzhen.

Commentators have agreed that as demonstrations have become more violent and as local police efforts to quell the violence have proved ineffective, so the danger of mainland intervention has risen.

They have also agreed that the apparent cluelessness of the Hong Kong administration over how to calm the mood has raised the likelihood that mainland leaders will take charge.

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WNU Editor: I concur with the above analysis.


Anonymous said...

A Chinese betrayal on One country, two systems would change the arms race in Asian to a more deadly direction. Taiwan would go after nuclear weapons. Might Vietnam, South Korea or Australia also take steps to be a nuclear power?

Anonymous said...

I think the aim of China is now "one country, one system." The communist party's severe need to eliminate dissenting ideas is not compatible with the notion of individual freedom which is valued so highly in Hong Kong. The party will view the second system as a threat like cancer.

B.Poster said...

Anon (3:30PM),

If I were any of these countries you mention, I would have taken steps long, long ago to become a nuclear power.

Bob Huntley said...