The Hong Kong Crisis Explained

Update 27 April 2020: Fifteen leaders of last summer’s riots on behalf of Hong Kong billionaires and the United States have just been arrested.  The epidemic has given the Hong Kong police the opportunity to met out justice without making martyrs of these people.

The Hong Kong Crisis Explained

Hong Kong is one of the most economically inequitable places on earth.  The city is controlled by about 10% of the population who are millionaires and even billionaires, with about 80% desperately poor and the other 10% somewhere in between. 

The super rich have been running Hong Kong and increasing their control ever since the British took Hong Kong in the Opium war of 1839 and HK became a gateway for British opium entry to China. 

From then on HK became a gateway for British trade with China, and the repatriation of the Territory to China in 1997 contained many clauses which serve to maintain HK as a back door way for the British to access the Chinese economy.  Today Britain can export to HK and then Chinese merchants can visit from the mainland and buy those goods bypassing normal tariffs and restrictions.

In Hong Kong the super rich were comfortable and sought to maintain the status quo through controlling the Pan-democratic political camp. Then suddenly and quite unexpectedly in March of 2018 some 904,000 voters went to the polls and, in a stunning repudiation of the pan-democratic camp, chose Beijing-friendly candidates losing two out of four seats on the Legislative Council

The loss meant that the rich no longer have enough seats to block the majority’s desires for closer relations with mainland China. Then came Hong Kong government plans for a new extradition law with mainland China which the rich minority no longer able to block it.  This extradition law struck fear into many of the rich who are wanted for crimes inside China.

The new extradition law was proposed because of the case of Chan Tong Kai. In February, he flew to Taiwan with his girlfriend, strangled her, stuffed her body in a suitcase, dumped her in a field, and flew back to Hong Kong. Although he confessed, he couldn’t be sent to Taiwan because Hong Kong had no extradition treaty. (Hong Kong has extradition agreements with 20 countries but not China, Macao, and Taiwan.) and Hong Kong authorities couldn’t charge Chan with a murder that took place elsewhere. 

The proposed new law requires that an extraditable offense must be a crime in both China and Hong Kong, which protects Hongkongers from arbitrary arrest. And the law specifically prohibits extradition for political crimes. In addition, the bill grants Hong Kong’s chief executive the ability to review extradition requests and allows for two separate judicial review processes. And according to the chief executive’s office, extradition would “only cover 37 offenses punishable with imprisonment for seven years or above, and none of them prohibits the exercise of the right to freedom of expression.” 

The majority in Hong Kong approve of the law but many of the super rich fearing that they would have to answer for crimes committed in mainland China and having lost their blocking ability on the Council, they organized and financed demonstrations by students; many of the student leaders organizing the protests being part of these very families.

Once the extradition law was abandoned they continued the demonstrations under the guise of demanding democracy.  

The Hong Kong super rich backed by Britain and America are behind the demonstrations with the intention of overthrowing the present Hong Kong government to gain control and resist any further advances in relations with mainland China. 

The core leaders, parties, organizations, and media operations behind the demonstrations are all tied directly to Washington DC via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and corporate foundations like Open Society Foundation. 

From the British / American perspective the unrest in Hong Kong appears to be part of the Trump economic war on China to create the Establishment’s New World Order; with Europe as a counter balance between East and West and the world’s economic system controlled by the Judaeo Anglo American Establishment.

Several leaders of the Hong Kong unrest are repeatedly mentioned amid coverage of what is being called “Occupy Central,” the latest in a long line of US-engineered color revolutions, and part of America’s vast, ambitious global geopolitical reordering which started in earnest in 2011 under the guise of the so-called “Arab Spring.”

Benny Tai, a lecturer of law at the University of Hong Kong, is cited by various sources across the Western media as the primary organizer.  Just this month, he spoke at a Design Democracy Hong Kong (NDI-funded   conference on political reform. He is also active at the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) – also funded by NDI

The South China Morning Post in an article titled, “Occupy Central is on: Benny Tai rides wave of student protest to launch movement ,” mentions many of his confederates. Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai, and Joseph Zen are all confirmed as both leaders of the “Occupy Central” movement and collaborators with the US State Department. 

In May the chief organizer of the demonstrations Hong Kong demonstration leader Martin Lee met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Secretary Pompeo [an oil tycoon himself] expressed concern about the Hong Kong government’s proposed amendments to the Fugitive Ordinance law.

Mainland China has been watching and waiting with patient wisdom as more and more Hong Konger’s learn the truth while becoming disgusted with the violence of the students.  The students have been steadily losing support and Hong Kong public opinion is now tipping towards strong support for mainland intervention if the riots do not end.

If the conspirators overplay their hand and the riots continue, Hong Kong’s legitimate elected government has the right and may invite Chinese troops and police from the mainland to intervene. Of course western propaganda would paint any Chinese intervention in the most horrific terms, but it would be welcomed by most Hong Konger’s. 


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  1. Thanks for the informative analysis James! I’ve been thinking myself that as it’s been ongoing for several weeks now that there has to be more going on behind the scenes than we’re being told like who’s funding the protests especially since the controversial bill the protests were originally organized over was suspended indefinitely soon after.

    I wonder if it’s a case of problem-reaction-solution (i.e. thesis, antithesis, synthesis) that might bring about unintended consequences for some, particularly on the Anglo-American establishment side, who question China’s determination to quell the riots or flex its military muscle against those it deems dissidents (e.g. Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.), or in the long term even deal conclusively with an increasingly hostile and provocative America.

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