It is frankly as big as anything, and – for us, in Quebec – literally on the other side of the planet. We may, without remorse, we lose interest. Except that what happens in Hong Kong is not limited to this peninsula and a few islands attached to it. China tightens the screws, and it is the democracy, once again, that lack of air.
The communist authority in Beijing, comes to impose on hong Kong law which, he claimed, was intended to maintain order in the former british colony. We must always be wary of legislation concocted in secret and, once revealed, gives vast powers of repression to a whole new ” Office of national security “.
So vague and broad, this new law identifies four major crimes – subversion, terrorism, separatism, and “collusion with foreign forces” – and those who will be found guilty are likely neither more nor less than life imprisonment. The decree, in reality, wants to break the nothings of the democratic movement.
1997… ALREADY FORGOTTEN
This is not, contrary to what Beijing is suggesting, that a matter between the Chinese. The agreement of the handover of Hong Kong by the United Kingdom to China in 1997 gave the small territory a special status – the so-called “One country, two systems” – that the chinese communists were committed to comply until 2047. We are far from it.
The new law, for example, creates special courts, independent of the legal system in hong kong. The chinese authorities retain the power to move in China-even the trial of the accused. The devil, the self !
The most alarming is basically the character enough blur of the potential crimes committed for every protester feels threatened. Hundreds of arrests have already been made in the last few days, but it is mostly the fear and distrust that have spread.
To resume the analysis of the historian Steve Tsang in the magazine The Atlantic, what Hong Kong is experiencing is not a version of the bloody massacre of the place Tien an Men in 1989 : “The goal is to intimidate and terrify people so that they do not think even more to protest. “
The protests, they are at least from the outside, in particular, of Ottawa, who has had the courage to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and its exports of military equipment. Hat’s off to the prime minister Trudeau ! Because it takes courage to stand up to China and its powerful economic machine.
GET LOST ON THE NEW SILK ROAD
The Chinese boast of having garnered the support of 52 countries in the Council of human rights of the united Nations to the “new law of national security” in Hong Kong. The list reads like a appointment of autocrats (Cuba, Myanmar, Egypt, North Korea, saudi Arabia) or of developing countries that have tied their fate to the chinese investments.
In fact, more than forty of these countries are engaged in the huge project of development ” belt and road “, project in which Beijing plans to invest between 1000 and 8000 billion dollars. It forces allegiance, put.
The 27 opponents of this statement – from Sweden to New Zealand, via France are all democracies. Canada, fortunately, is well surrounded to signal to hong Kong that they will not be left to themselves.
HONG KONG : Small territory, large influence
- Population : 7.5 million
- Size : 1106 km2 (two and a half times the size of Montreal)
- Economy : Often referred to as the 3e global financial centre after New York and London.
- GDP per capita : 65 000 $ (10e to the world)
- History : ceded to the united kingdom from 1842 ; ceded back to China in 1997.