Social tension is rising in Hong Kong because of a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) bill that threatens further repression of citizens who defend their sovereignty.
The CCP is promoting a new law that would outlaw “secessionist and subversive activity as well as foreign interference and terrorism in the city,” according to the South China Morning Post on May 21. This announcement set off alarm bells.
“Beijing, the Central People’s Government [the CCP], has completely breached its promise to the Hong Kong people. … They are completely walking back on their obligation,” said Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok.
Hong Kong experienced the most upheaval last year with protests that were harshly suppressed by the CCP, despite the sovereignty it promised since the territory was entrusted to it in 1997.
President Donald Trump has kept abreast of developments in Hong Kong and expressed his support.
“I don’t know what it is, because nobody knows yet. If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly,” President Trump said, referring to the law being prepared by the CCP that is expected to further repress Hong Kong.
“Any effort to impose national security legislation that does not reflect the will of the people of Hong Kong would be highly destabilizing, and would be met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus warned, according to Channel News Asia (CNA).
The U.S. State Department has also reported on police brutality, unjustified arrests, censorship of freedom of expression, and a limitation of political participation in Hong Kong.
In November pro-democracy candidates won nearly 90% of the seats in Hong Kong’s local elections, signifying strong support for the anti-government protests that have rocked the territory for more than six months.
Many people in Hong Kong share the protesters’ fears about Beijing’s growing influence over the former British colony, which was returned to the CCP in 1997 under the promise that it would respect the freedoms enjoyed by the population hitherto governed by Britain.
The increased tension in the important financial city registered in the middle of the pandemic caused by the CCP Virus, which exceeds 333,000 deaths and 5 million infected worldwide.
More than a hundred countries are demanding that the CCP allow an investigation into the controversial measures it took when the virus began to spread, and that it be held responsible for the pandemic.