I talked about Hong Kong not long after their protests first started popping up.
I stated that I envisioned the protests to continue for a while. Hong Kong is, after-all, on a countdown timer until they’re completely taken over by China.
So any beliefs they are fighting for need to be fought for now, otherwise they’ll reach the point of no return. Which is likely to happen either way, sadly.
Maybe residents of Hong Kong will actually like being part of China’s social credit score where your entire life is tallied by elite communist douchebags? Well, probably not. And that’s probably why they’re protesting. Extradition doesn’t really matter. The loss of their entire country does, however.
Many protestors themselves have been waving American flags, as symbols of “freedom” and “democracy” and “everything not filthy Chinese communism”.
So it makes no wonder that the US is actually actively promoting these protests. Within reason, why wouldn’t they? It’s a perfect political play while Washington and Beijing are fighting out the trade war.
Distract China. If China intervenes, make them look like the bad guy on the world stage (hint: they still are, regardless of the US involvement). Hit China where they hurt most: the financial sector.
Hong Kong residents are just stuck in the middle of an international geopolitical power-play by both sides.
I truthfully do hope that Hong Kong can somehow find independence from China. And from the US too. But that isn’t going to happen.
China is eventually going to get annoyed enough that they just takeover the small city, or wait it out until enough protestors get beat up by Hong Kong cops that they don’t even have to intervene.
Regardless, I don’t see it ending well for the protestors or the average person in Hong Kong. But I am proud of them. Fighting against a power which at the forefront seems immeasurable.