The social turmoil gripping Hong Kong over the past two months might appear a purely domestic issue arising from the city’s political system.
But if we look at the big picture, we can tell that the entire anti-extradition bill movement is a massive campaign carefully perpetrated by some people with a hidden agenda amid the ongoing Sino-US trade war and the upcoming Taiwan presidential election.
Over the last couple of months, the protesters and the pan-dems have been demanding the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry.
Even some centrist politicians are jumping on the bandwagon and demanding an “independent inquiry”.
However, what these centrist figures may never understand is that the real motive behind the opposition’s demand for setting up an independent commission of inquiry isn’t to seek the truth, but rather, to force the government into killing its own loyal “generals” and “soldiers”, i.e., the police, which have remained at the forefront against violent protesters over the past two months.
As we can see, demanding an independent inquiry at this stage no longer has much to do with the fight against the extradition bill. It is now apparently aimed at disrupting the government’s planning and bringing down the morale of our law enforcement.
And by crushing the police and then leaving the central authorities with no other choice but to send troops from the Hong Kong garrison to restore order, people like US President Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen can then milk the chaos in Hong Kong for all it is worth and put pressure on our city while building up international pressure on Beijing.
If their sinister plot works, then both the central authorities and Hong Kong will be facing a lose-lose situation.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Aug 22
Translation by Alan Lee
[Chinese version 中文版]
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