HONG KONG: NEW EPICENTER OF THE EMPIRE’S SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHINA?

July 17, 2019 – 6:29 am

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Hong Kong has gripped the imagination of young people everywhere as the bastion to proclaim freedom. So much so that everyone has forgotten the yellow shirts (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) demonstrating in Paris, France for economic justice since late 2018. The French government then offered and implemented reforms as a result of the protests. By Thomas Hon Wing Polin.

As the Western Empire ramps up its full-spectrum war on the Chinese, its latest target is Hong Kong, China’s premier special administrative region (SAR). Even the latest wave of media assaults confirms it.

An essential adjunct to an Imperial attack on any designated victim is a sustained campaign of demonization, conducted through mainstream media and supported by associated local media. Such a drive had been ongoing in Hong Kong, since the former British colony returned to its motherland in 1997.

Beijing’s kid-gloves handling of its relationship with its SAR was relentlessly miscast as the creeping suppression of freedoms by evil Chinese Communists. With palpitating enthusiasm, Hong Kong’s legions of Beijing-haters cooperated to enforce and amplify the fraudulent narrative.

MSM’s (mainstream media) new, malevolent focus on Hong Kong is part of an all-out propaganda blitz against China by the Democracy Empire and its allies and agents. The campaign seizes on Hong Kong’s current unrest to vilify China further.

The reality is that Hong Kong under China is freer than it ever was during 165 years of British colonial rule, contrary to the continuous assertions of the West’s Sinophobic propaganda. And during the recent turmoil - engineered by the unholy alliance between local Beijing-haters and their Western backers - Beijing has kept entirely aloof, to the dismay of Chinese patriots in the SAR.

The campaign seizes on Hong Kong’s current unrest to vilify China further. The reality is that Hongkong under China is freer than it ever was during 165 years of British colonial rule.

None of that, of course, has prevented the Empire from screaming “Bloody repression!” over Hong Kong more loudly than ever. Whether out to advance the Empire’s political agenda or out of sheer ignorance, the MSM narrative has invariably been this: The three-eyed, green-complexioned ogre in Beijing continues to tighten its grip on brave, freedom-loving little Hong Kong!

In the face of such misguided, cynical fiction, it’s important to contemplate the following points:

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, how would hundreds of thousands of people (“millions” in the serial exaggerations of “pro-democracy” organizers) have been able to take to the streets against a Beijing-supported extradition bill?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, how would rioting mobs have been able to inflict violence against police and get away with it? And even be hailed as heroic “peaceful protesters” who must not be charged with any criminal offense?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, how would mobs be able to make the local government back down on its own prize legislation… and grovel repeatedly before them for a modicum of breathing space?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, how would the CIA and its associated organs have been able so easily to fund their local allies in subversion, the “democrats,” and so seamlessly to handle the logistics of their repeated anti-government uprisings?

If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, why would the city’s premier streets still be called Queen’s Road, King’s Road and Nathan Road, and its most popular park, Victoria Park?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, why are Hong Kong schoolchildren, from primary level up, being subjected to systematic indoctrination by “pro-democracy” teachers on how terrible their own nation is… and how wonderful Western values and ways are?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, how would local courts be able regularly to mete out the lightest punishments for anti-government crimes - an indirect encouragement for them to be repeated?

- If Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, why would local MSM be depicting the latest protests against the extradition bill as a heroic struggle for Freedom, Democracy & Human Rights - instead of an uprising carefully orchestrated by local Communist Party-haters and their allies in the Anglo-American Empire, timed to buttress the latter’s multidimensional war on China?

- Indeed, if Beijing had been tightening its grip on Hong Kong, why would the city’s premier streets still be called Queen’s Road, King’s Road and Nathan Road, and its most popular park, Victoria Park?

The proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude that fear and loathing of China have truly addled the brains of media chiefs in the West - and those of too many in Hong Kong.

The truth, indeed, is the opposite of what they say. Since reunification in 1997, Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong has been very loose… too loose. What’s too tight is the continuing grip of the Anglo-American Empire and its entrenched local agents. And that is the major reason for many, if not most, of Hong Kong’s myriad problems.

Note: Thomas Hon Wing Polin is a former senior editor at the international newsweekly Asiaweek (English) and founding editor of Yazhou Zhoukan (Chinese). The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 3 Responses to “HONG KONG: NEW EPICENTER OF THE EMPIRE’S SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHINA?”

  2. An excellent example of several of the key repeating themes (myths) of Chinese Communist Party propaganda:
    1. China as victim.
    2. Any dissent in China must be the work of evil foreign forces (Marx and Lenin excepted).
    3. Anyone who hates the Communist Party must hate the country. Patriotism necessitates loyalty to the Party.

    From here in Hong Kong we see things more clearly:
    1. China is no longer a powerless victim but an imperialist superpower vying for dominance with the USA.
    2. There are plenty of reasons for Hong Kong’s current unrest, none of which needed the CIA to kick them off. China’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and its narrowing of the scope for political discourse here is more subtle and gradual than its crude assault on Uyghur culture in Xinjiang, and therefore less obvious to outsiders, but that doesn’t make it any less real.
    3. Hong Kong people do not loathe China - it is the ancestral home of the majority, and many have family and business connections in the mainland. What they fear and loathe is the brutal dictatorship of the CCP regime.

    By Rod on Jul 17, 2019

  3. Dream on, you idiot.

    By Haskell Alexander on Jul 18, 2019

  4. Totally agreed with Haskell’s view. The author, Pilong, despite his professional credentials, has come up with an absolutely naive pro-Communist article that only the brainless will buy. Hong Kong, to the Chinese government, has been a big propaganda platform to promote their so-called open-mindedness since 1997. The former British colony is just like a hen that lays gold eggs. The pathetic Chinese government will only exercise all dirty means to claim her protection of the one country two systems while trying to extend her influence in every possible way that affects the life and freedom of Hong Kong. The claim that the extradition bill had nothing to do with the Beijing government is equivalent to a Chinese idiomatic expression of someone burying gold in the yard and put a sign up saying there is no gold here. Those so-called pro-Beijing camp should try to look at what the Hong Kong government has been doing all these years. To make it worse, the Chinese government always claims economic prosperity is what society needs but totally assume no one cares for democracy. In a nutshell, let’s not forget Causewaybay Bookshop incident where pro-democractic owners were abducted from the colony and brought to China. The younger generation should not have employed any violence but they deserve to be heard. Carrie Lam, wake up and start a genuine dualogue with the younger generation. As fir Beijing, stop the cliche of foreign intervention and similar bullshit. Ask yourself, have you given justice to the thousands who have been persecuted in the name of Communism?

    By Kin-hung Cheung on Jul 20, 2019

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