Hong Kong Riots Make China Stronger
During the riots in Hong Kong on the podium of the local legislature, captured by the protesters, the flag was hung during the British occupation. China has already warned London not to interfere in its internal affairs. But the West has neither the ability nor the desire to influence the Middle Kingdom through Hong Kong and to organize a coup in the city.
The fourth week of protests in Hong Kong, caused by discontent about preparing for the adoption of the law on the extradition of criminals to China, reached its peak on Monday - the crowd stormed the local parliament, the legislature. There were no deputies in the building, and some of the demonstrators even hung a flag of the British colony Hong Kong on the stands in the conference room.
In the 22 years that have passed since the return of Hong Kong to China (namely, the Monday rally was timed to coincide with), mass protests in the city have already been held more than once. The most serious were in 2003 and 2014. But the English flags in the local parliament have not yet hung out, and even two million people (out of a total population of seven and a half million) did not take to the streets. Does this mean that the protests can be used to organize the Orange Revolution and behind them are China's “western friends”?
Of course, the confrontation with China has become a key problem for the US for the foreseeable future, and the Anglo-Saxons are not averse to tickling Beijing in places of critical status with ambiguous status - be it Hong Kong, Taiwan (remaining outside the control of the PRC), the South China Sea, Tibet or Xinjiang where "Muslims are oppressed." Naturally, there are certain links between the organizers of the protests in Hong Kong and the British and Americans - as it was five years ago during the failed “umbrella revolution”.
But neither the United States nor the United Kingdom can put pressure on China through Hong Kong.
They can neither organize its separation from the PRC, nor even create serious problems for Beijing with the help of Hong Kong. And not at all because it costs China nothing to crush any riot in the former British colony by force.
Yes, now China has severely warned the British. As stated by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the British side should “soberly assess the fact of Siangang’s return to the fold of the Motherland, which occurred 22 years ago, and also stop interfering in Siangang’s affairs and the internal affairs of China.
Indeed, London has no obligations in relation to Hong Kong. There is only Beijing’s obligation to maintain until 2047 (that is, for half a century after the transfer from Great Britain) the status of a special administrative region, that is, extended autonomy. And the goal of Xi Jinping is not to restrict the rights of Hong Kong (he still will not get anywhere), but rather to expand the rights of Chinese power.
After all, the bill, which caused protests, dealt with the extradition to China not so much of the Syanggans who committed crimes on the territory of the mainland, as much as the Chinese who broke the law in their provinces and then fled to Hong Kong. The Chinese government has no right to demand their extradition - can this be considered normal? Another thing is that the bill itself turned out to be an expanded interpretation of the definition of those who fall under extradition. This was the reason for mass discontent. That is, Xi Jinping needs to fight corruption in China and build an elite, and Hong Kongers are afraid that they will all be sent to Chinese prisons.
Now the head of the administration of Hong Kong, Curry Lam, is blamed for everything - she has been heading the city for two years now and is not popular. The bill was postponed, but in any case, sooner or later it will be adopted. Beijing had not once made temporary concessions on the laws and innovations that caused the protests. And there is no reason to think that this time will be different. The protests subside - and the British with the Americans will watch Beijing gradually expand its influence on Hong Kong. There is still no alternative to the Anglo-Saxons: it is not profitable for them to sway the Hong Kong topic. Because Hong Kong is the main symbol of globalization, the pinnacle of the dream of global domination that has failed, but still cherished by the Anglo-Saxons.
Hong Kong submits to Beijing, but at the same time it is self-governing. The entry of mainland Chinese to Hong Kong is still carried out with special permits, the islands have their own currency, their own laws, their own way. A minority of local residents consider themselves to be Chinese (although they are all ethnic Chinese), most consider themselves to be Hong Kongers. It is clear that a century and a half of British domination did not pass without a trace, and Beijing will have to enter Hong Kong into the PRC for a long time and carefully. But, given both the scale and diversity of China itself, and the traditional endurance of the Chinese authorities, there is no doubt about the ultimate success. By the middle of the century, Hong Kong will become completely Chinese, while retaining its own specifics. But will the Anglo-Saxon influence remain there by then?
Hong Kong today is the third largest financial center in the world (after London and New York). And the first in Asia. And given that the center of gravity of the world order is gradually being transferred to the Pacific region, over time it will become the main financial center of the whole world. Now Hong Kong is a kind of joint venture between the current owners of the global financial system (that is, the City of London and New York) and the Chinese. And the Chinese are not even local, but the Chinese as such. Considering that in the world rating of the largest banks, the first four positions are now occupied by Chinese banks, a bunch of Hong Kong - Shanghai in the next couple of decades will oust London - New York from the first positions.
In fact, this will be the end of Anglo-Saxon globalization.
But the old money City will not disappear. They just finally migrate to Hong Kong, making it their main center. What, in essence, is already happening. It is clear that the capital, accustomed to living in collaboration with the British monarchy, does not want to turn out to be dependent on the Chinese comrades, but they can no longer afford to abandon their alliance with them. And therefore, they are extremely interested in preserving the special status of Hong Kong - there is a special status with the City of London.
Global finance is not interested in swaying the Hong Kong junk - this may cause Beijing to have even greater doubts about the negotiability of the "Anglo-Saxon partners" in the "Hong Kong joint venture". So the naive inhabitants of the former colony waving British flags while the “world finances” still living under this flag are preparing to raise a Chinese red banner with five stars over their heads.