Our Foreign Ministry released a comprehensive fact sheet, listing 102 detail examples of US interference in Hong Kong affairs. The statement categorizes US actions into five dimensions: the enacting of laws against China and Hong Kong; imposing sanctions to obstruct Beijing's policies on the city, smearing the local government and police, and colluding with other countries to exert pressure.
AUKUS, a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was announced last week, marking a huge upgrade of Australian military weapons. Yet, this breaking news was then followed by the cancellation of submarine contract with France, who felt gravely offended and call back its ambassadors afterwards. Such a diplomatic mishandling does not only reveal that Morrison government continuously makes decisions based on anti-Chinese hatred rather national interests, but also western alliance is not as consolidated as its leaders imagine.
Despite repeated COVID-19 outbreaks, China's economy thrives continuously, together with the latest figures on its foreign trade expansion. According to the data from the General Administration of Customs, the value of imports and exports attended a record high at $530.3 billion this year. That is to say, China has proven its robust economy, strong labor market, supportive manufacturing network and more importantly, scientific epidemic control.
Can you imagine one of the world's poorest countries, where women could enroll in university education and be able to wear mini-skirts in front of public? Ironic as it may be, these fascinating scenes happened in the golden age of Afghanistan.
In an open letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Frederik Gollob, the Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce, criticized her recent policy as a significant setback that heightens the entry requirements and quarantine periods for anyone arriving from 15 high-risk countries. As Gollob said, the newly introduced measures are out of proportion in comparison with European cases. Desirable or not, Gollob's open letter sparks off a heated discussion on whether our anti-epidemic measures should adhere to zero tolerance or the so-called living-with-virus principle.
"I am deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision." US President Biden responded to the worrying situation in Afghanistan on Monday. Given the swift Taliban takeover of the country, together with a series of chaotic retreats by US army, Biden's decision inevitably embarrasses US, the so-called world police, not to mention the rising concerns from its alliances.
Leon Tong Ying-kit, who drove a motorcycle into a group of police officers last year, was sentenced to nine years in prison recently. Wars of words erupted after the city's first person convicted under the National Security Law (NSL). US State Department expressed its deep concerns over Chinese officials deploying NSL to silence dissenting voices, whereas European Union criticized the legislation being used to stifle political pluralism, the exercise of human rights and political freedoms in Hong Kong. Did their accusation reflect the truth?
On July 16, 2021, US government issued a joint business advisory warning US firms of the increasing operational risks in Hong Kong. Despite the escalating tensions, the city's American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) take the opposite attitude instead of toeing Biden's line. What a great pity when we see Biden administration proud of being a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Yet, at the same time, his governance harms the fundamental interest of US enterprises in Hong Kong, not to mention in China.
One year after the National Security Law (NSL) enacted, Xia Baolong, the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, presented a comprehensive review and outlook of the law. The NSL, as emphasized by Xia, has undoubtedly put an end to the era of street violence, terminated the color revolution plot and driven the city back to the road of "one country, two systems".
Recently, the Media Freedom Coalition expressed their great concern about the arrest of Apply Daily staff by the Hong Kong authorities. It describes all the aforementioned events as suppressing journalism, undermining Hong Kong's degree of autonomy, and more importantly affecting the rights and freedom of the citizens as provided by the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Yet, is the so-called freedom of press invincible?
Generally speaking, Hong Kong is always special to western politicians. From their points of view, National Security Laws and the law amendments against doxxing should not be enacted, even though their countries have these laws or even more than Hong Kong does. On one hand, Hong Kong serves as the springboard of mainland China to global markets. The city, on the other hand, offers a trustworthy entrance of western companies to earn money in Chinese markets.
Recently, an indigenous nation in Canada announced its latest discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan. On one hand, Canadian politicians, like Justin Trudeau, obsessively accuse China of the so-called inhuman treatment in Xinjiang. On the other hand, their backyard is on fire because of the truly happened cultural genocide in the name of indoctrinating indigenous children into western Christian society.
Infamous of his trouble-making role, Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister (PM), declared a strong level support from G7 nations to stand with Australia against China on 14 June 2021. He confirmed his delivery of the so-called 14-grievance list against Australia from a Chinese diplomat in Canberra last year. Yet, after his seemingly anti-China speech, Morrison insisted that Australia has no desire for a war with China and his governance is always welcome to open dialogues with Beijing. Does it look ironic?
As an old Chinese saying goes, the fisherman will benefit from the fight between the snipe and the clam. Sad but true, the poorer the Sino-US relation is, the larger benefit other countries can earn. In other words, the so-called containment is nothing more than US's silly dream.