Let’s begin by saying Hong Kong is not a country, nor is it even a state. For almost 150 years, from 1843 until 1997, it was ruled by the UK as a colonial dependent state. The UK administered the politic, the bureaucracies, the education, and just about everything you can think of.
I grew up in Hong Kong, and I should know. People in Hong Kong identified themselves as the people of Hong Kong, and, for many years, we were proud to be a Hong Konger. While we still identified ourselves as Chinese, we’d emphasize that we were from Hong Kong, alienating ourselves that we were not people from China. We were embarrassed to identify ourselves with the Chinese, which to the world was considered to be backward people under the “Communist dictator” regime. Western Media have been hugely successful in subverting China in the past few centuries. You probably still remember the Western people used to slight and slander the Chinese for wearing Pig-tails during the earlier decades and mid-decades of the 20th century. It was followed by smearing China as the “Sick man” of Asia. Then came the “Communist Dictatorial Regime”. The Western Media was on a rampage of slandering the Communist Party of genocide during the ’60s ’70s at the times of the Gang of Four. (Of course, when China took part in the Korean War and the Vietnam War fighting against the encroachment of the Western Colonialists, it did not help. The Western Media was on overdrive). China, for all those years, was trying to protect its national interests and was not on imperial expansion. (The Marshal Law called for the encirclement of “Communist China - the Bamboo Curtain, which was to control China by invading the Korean Peninsula and the invasion of Vietnam.) Naturally, according to the Western Media China was always in the wrong. Have you noticed that trend continued, and the West has not forgotten that China must be taken down and broken up? Then Deng Xiaoping took over the helm of China. He was nothing short of a genius, despite his short physical stature. After meeting Lee Kuan Yue, who enlightened him; Deng realized that he had to do something about China – to modernize China and must be quick. He visited Hong Kong secretly at the beginning of the ’80s when Hong Kong had emerged as one of the Four Dragons of Asia and made a couple of incredibly wise decisions. Deng declared that Zhenshen had to be tasked after Hong Kong, that China must be opened to the rest of the world economically. He reached an agreement with the UK to make Hong Kong a springboard to connect with the rest of the world; to this day, HKG is the only hub where RMB and foreign currencies are legally exchanged; it was a beneficial move for both the UK and China, and Hong Kong prospered. (I hasten to add that the RMB has gained global acceptance as a FOREX in the past couple of years.) With the opening up of China in the mid-’80s, the West, mainly the US took advantage of the situation by moving practically all the ‘dirty’ factories (heavy metal-based industries) into China for the cheap, enjoying next to nothing wages. Naturally, China suffered dramatically in environmental issues due to heavy pollution. (Perhaps, it is fitting to point out that an I-phone costs around say US$1,000 at the retail level, the cost ex-factory is less than US $150, which includes materials, factory, transportation, company profit by Foxcom, etc. Can one imagine the price China paid in modernizing China? With these harsh and exploiting conditions, China persevered. Shortly before he died in 1997, Deng said, “Lower your head, work hard to catch up. It’s not time to show your strength.” China did and does. China, since the mid-’80s, has become the global factory. Practically all the light and medium industries are now made in China. (Of course, it is now changing; China has moved into the heavy industries). Without a doubt, even with the cheap supply of goods, the West is yet to be satisfied - it labels China for dumping, whereas, I’d say it is cheap labor and keep people at work. For years the US and the West claim that PRC has been manipulating its currency. By the late ’80s, has the West forgotten about taking down China? Nope, the was a series of smear campaigns of ‘massacres in Tibet,’ ‘China kills dissidents in Xinjiang’, and to cumulate in the Tiananmen massacre. I, for one, was fooled. Ham, my wife, and I moved to Canada because we were extremely apprehensive of the “Communist Dictatorial” regime. While we did not forget that we were Chinese, we could not stand the Communist Regime. Of course, it is only in the last 10 or 20 years that we realized all the media propaganda was created by the West, particularly MI6 and CIA, and the agent provocateurs from the Five Eyes to take down the Communist Regime in China. They have all along wanted to break up China. Why? China has resources; while natural resources might be limited and lacking; however, the human resources are tremendous - cheap labor, somewhat learned through millennia of ingrained cultural training, hard work like no other peoples. … Deng also made an ingenious move; he maintained ‘when a state is enjoying prosperity and peace, never lose sight of the impending peril that is lurking in the dark’; he had warned the state must be in a state of constant preparedness. Hence after Hainan spy plane incident on April 1, 2001, China stepped up its military preparations. Since then it went on island building rampage in the South China Sea, as it could not outmatch the ten aircraft carrier fleets of the US. China also began to stockpile and modernized its military equipment. Between 1990 and 2008, they were the great years for China, it was enjoying high double-digit growth annually, and had accrued trillions of surpluses, the majority in USD bonds. When Wall Street collapsed in 2008, China was left holding onto $2 or $3 trillion of US junk bonds, no more worthy than wallpaper. Not entirely stupid, they negotiated with the US Treasury, which by then was totally bankrupted, and the only options left for the Fed were to print more fake US$ or to sell off the national assets at a few pennies to the dollar. China did. Unknown to most of us, China had used the bonds as collaterals to buy up US real assets, e.g. Buildings in Wall Street, factories, facilities in major cities, on top of that they have been using the bonds to buy up other facilities around the world, e.g. Container ports, port facilities, mining companies, energy resources etc. Yes, they were using the US bonds as collaterals. (I believe it is what the ongoing US-China Trade War is all about, details are unknown to us. As the payment of the bonds is still left unsettled, Trump wants China to take a haircut; however, China is adamant about it.) So, what has that got to do with Hong Kong? A lot! Hong Kong has all along been a bridgehead of the West. That is why there are thousands of US & UK spies in Hong Kong; many of them happen to be Chinese or Hong Kongers. When news broke out that China will pass the National Security Law for Hong Kong last week, six multi-billion HK dollar-homes in Repulse Bay Hong Kong went up for sale. Those are the homes of the US embassy members and CIA operatives.) On July 1, 1997, when China resumed control of Hong Kong, it made a grave mistake though. It honoured the one country two systems, but did not take over the administration of Hong Kong. The bureaucratic system was left as it was during the colonial days. The spies and subversive entities take advantage of this; they have infiltrated into every sector of Hong Kong – Legislation, Law, Law enforcement, Government bureaucracies, Finance, Education from University down to Kindergarten, Religion, Media, Healthcare, Port facilities …. Fortunately, one department was left intact – the Police Department. I forgot to mention the CEO, but then she is only one person, there is a limit on what she could do. To answer the above question, let me ask you the following question: How do the people in Hong Kong identify themselves? Why don't the administrators in Hong Kong not want a national security law? Why do they not wish to have an extradition law? Did Hong Kong waste 23 years? Have Hongkong lawmakers failed Hong Kong? What do you think?