Viral chaos and global tensions didn’t stop an emboldened China from making its move

ANALYSIS: Viral chaos and global tensions didn’t stop an emboldened China from making its move

With the world focused on a pandemic that started in China , now is the moment chosen by Beijing to introduce this law. It feels like a collision is inevitable. But clearly China is feeling strong enough to risk whatever lies ahead, writes Philip Williams.

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So, it appears to be seen in Beijing.With the world focused on a pandemic that started in China, now is the moment chosen by the Chinese leadership to.Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong fear it could be the death of their beloved territory.Dennis Kwok is a Civic Party politician and warned that if the law comes into force “one country, two systems will officially be erased. This is the end of Hong Kong”.

During last year’s sometimes violent protests, the constant question wasNow we know.China finally makes its moveDuring the turmoil, there was surprise among some that the authorities in China did not directly intervene, even though it had troops stationed in the territory and it appeared Chinese soldiers and equipment were

China’s People’s Liberation Army held an open day in Hong Kong in August 2019, which some saw as a warning to the protesters.(Reuters: Tyrone Siu)Perhaps the explanation was the global reaction to the bloody crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.Morrison's missteps on China have brought unnecessary griefMorrison’s missteps on China have brought unnecessary griefAustralia joins joint declaration reinforcing Hong Kong's autonomy | Sky News AustraliaAustralia joins joint declaration reinforcing Hong Kong’s autonomy | Sky News Australia

In Australia, a sobbing prime minister Bob Hawke condemned the massacre and allowed Chinese students in our country to remain here.The Chinese Government took years to move on from being seen as a pariah state.Global outrage over the Chinese military’s handling of student protests near Tiananmen Square was damaging to Beijing.

(Supplied: Jeff Widener)Ironically the very virus that has drawn the world’s attention provides a handy diversion from the country where it all started.Not that the proposed new law is going totally unnoticed.President Trump has threatened to react but has not said what he has in mind.

Even a few months ago the Chinese might have been more cautious and fearful of a negative reaction, especially from the US.But with Donald Trump recently in full anti-Chinese flight, there is not so much to lose anymore.A weakened America appears to embolden Xi JinpingChina reports no new coronavirus cases for first time since pandemic beganChina reports no new coronavirus cases for first time since pandemic beganNations with female leaders winning COVID-19 battleNations with female leaders winning COVID-19 battle

The trade wars between the US and China have been eclipsed by the US President’s condemnation of Beijing for its handling of COVID-19.Donald Trump has been outspoken in his condemnation of China over the coronavirus pandemic.(AP: Evan Vucci)If it’s China’s fault, therefore responsibility for the world’s worst death toll can’t be his.

Trump’s China tirades appear central to his re-election strategy.He blames America’s horrible death toll and its damaged economy on a nation that, for now, feels less inclined to worry about Washington’s opinions.And it would have been surprising if the Chinese leadership had not developed a strategy to counter the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Xi Jinping appears ready to face diplomatic anger from the west and a potentially reenergised protest movement in Hong Kong.(Reuters)Add to that the muscular promotion of expansionist nationalism under Xi Jinping and the stage is again set for more trouble ahead, and not just in Hong Kong.

The Taiwanese leadership will be watching with alarm.Imposing new laws is just the first step. The question then is enforcement.Are we about to see a reenergised movement in Hong Kong?The very existence of sedition legislation may act as a brake on some protesters who fear they could be jailed for years on orders from Beijing.

Hong Kong’s 2019 protest movement was triggered by an extradition bill which some said undermined judicial independence and endangered dissidents.(ABC News: Jake Sturmer)But it would be naive to underestimate the determination of many in Hong Kong who have previously spent months battling in the streets against what they see as Beijing’s creeping authoritarianism in the territory.

If, as expected, the laws are approved, then we will hear diplomatic protests from the US, Britain, and possibly, Australia and others.But with the world focused on COVID-19, it probably won’t unduly worry the Chinese leadership.The vague threat of action by Trump may have consequences, but the President’s promises are not always followed by action.

From the Chinese Government’s point of view Hong Kong is a problem to be managed. And this law, it appears, is the mechanism.Xi Jinping will not lose sleep worrying about the erosion of democratic freedoms enshrined in the50-year agreement signed with Britain 23 years ago

But do not expect Hong Kongers to simply take it. The streets will most likely again become battlefields.Some members of the Hong Kong protest movement have vowed to return to the streets over China’s planned legislation.(ABC News: Jake Sturmer)Despite the new threats of arrest and prosecution, many who maintained the rage last year will feel even more strongly there is nothing left to lose.

It feels like a collision is inevitable. How, where and when is impossible to know.But clearly the Chinese leadership is feeling strong enough to risk whatever lies ahead.

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HK is their own territory. Mind our own business first. The world will have to put up with this until such time as Emperor for life Xi either drops off his perch or his country alienates so many business partners that Chinas economy suffers and he becomes the victim of a strange sudden illness. well it’s their property after all…

starting your anti-china propaganda piece with a throw back to 9/11 What did Churchill say. Never let a good crisis go to waste. If China reneges on the Hong Kong 50 year agreement with the UK, you would have to consider that the Chinese government cannot be trusted. If I were an international company with offices in Hong Kong, I would be packing up and leaving. As for a holiday in China: forget that!

what does that to do with Australia?Picking up more fights with China can make us look big and strong, but it’s the ordinary workers and businesses who will suffer. China are picking their allies with money and governance. An incredible shifty shonkie sneaky underhanded move Brutal, cold and calculating displaying their true colours. and victoria has signed up to the belt and road with these people – unbelievable

almost as if they planned it that way… Cold War can It demonstrates how dangerous China’s Regime is to the world. Oblivious of uproar at brutality, retaliated at criticism. Destroying souls & conscience by bribes, intimidation. China’s Regime creating a world of horror for human beings. neither stop 2020 election 😍

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Vic government ‘cozy up to China’ as investment deadline approaches | Sky News AustraliaSky News contributor Caleb Bond says the Victorian government’s pro- China stance ‘is entirely in line’ with their behaviour over the past few years.\n\nThe Australian is reporting “Victoria is locked in critical final stage negotiations with Beijing over investments worth billions of dollars at the same time as its Treasurer has savaged the Morrison government’s ‘vilification’ of China over trade and the COVID-19 pandemic’. \n\nThe deadline for Victoria to sign an investment roadmap, which ties the state to the communist giant, is just weeks away. \n\nMr Bond said ‘the fact that the Victorian Labor government would still be pressing on with the Belt and Road under these circumstances is ridiculous”.\n\n“For them to criticise the federal government for being one of the few powers in the world actually happy to stand up to China at the moment is also ridiculous”. \n\nMr Bond also said the ALP were having difficulty maintaining a clear unified line held by all party members. \n\n“They’ve got the Victorian government saying we want to cozy up to China , they’ve got sections of the federal Labor party saying we need to go hard on China … and then you’ve got people like Kim Carr in the federal labor party saying we have to go soft on China ”. \n\n\n Caleb Bond………. 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆 Nothing worse than appeasement.Student activist walks out of University of Queensland disciplinary hearing claiming China influence

Student activist walks out of University of Queensland disciplinary hearing claiming China influenceStudent activist Drew Pavlou says he will fight the University of Queensland’s attempts to expel him all the way to the Supreme Court, after walking out of a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. What a shame for Australia Chinese interests are far reaching into our education system. Kick the spoiled brat out,Sun Yang abandoned by China fans, Mack Horton gets apology

Sun Yang abandoned by China fans, Mack Horton gets apologyDisgraced swimmer Sun Yang’s house of cards is crashing down around him with the Olympic champion facing a backlash from his most loyal supporters as he prepares for his desperate final appeal. CHEAT! Just swimming. Who cares. would love to get on the pingers with him$1.7B solar panel subsidies solely pay for the importation from China: Kelly | Sky News Australia

$1.7B solar panel subsidies solely pay for the importation from China: Kelly | Sky News AustraliaLiberal MP Craig Kelly says Australia should ‘extend’ the argument of anti-subsidies China has used to place tariffs on barley to the billions of dollars-worth of solar panels Australia imports from China which are almost entirely subsidised.\n\n China officially levelled a close to 80 per cent tax on Australia’s barley growers amid threats based on allegations of the barley industry dumping into the Chinese market.\n\nMr Kelly told Sky News host Andrew Bolt Australia subsidises the solar panel industry to the tune of $1.7 billion which is a ‘hidden green tax’ on electricity bills.\n\n’Those subsidies actually underwrite the importation of solar panels into this country’.\n\nHe said when a consumer puts solar panels on their roof, the installer ‘gets a subsidy paid through the government,’ but the subsidy which flows through to the installer ‘helps them pay for the importation of the panels’.\n\n’The cost of the subsidy is equal to the cost of the importation of the solar panels we have from China ‘.\n\nImage: AP CraigKellyMP Are the LiberalAus party determined to completely wreck our economy? CraigKellyMP How come news outlets like this even give time to this professional Oxygen Theif CraigKellyMP Why doesnt he mention iron ore? That’s a lot more subsidised & would send a stronger message to China. Because to this muppet he’s trying to push his own anti climate change agenda. Morrison stood up to get this idiot preselected showing the depth of failure of the libsCoronavirus update: Donald Trump unloads on China after they attack US support of Taiwan - ABC News

Coronavirus update: Donald Trump unloads on China after they attack US support of Taiwan – ABC NewsAs China hits out at the United States over messages of support for Taiwan, US President Donald Trump unleashes further rhetoric of his own, solely blaming China for the global pandemic. Oh look, a distraction.. 54% of US counties lack testing site. realDonaldTrump is a buffoon and a liar and criminally negligent for the deaths of 93,0000 Americans. Trump, testing, TrumpDeathToll92K TrumpVirus T-shirt – Designed right size 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.8/5 Stock available in USA 🇺🇸 Shop Here: T_shirt_Shop_k Shop Here: T_shirt_Shop_k Shop Here: T_shirt_Shop_k 10% OFF | 2 business days shipping 🇺🇸 ljkqyazjtE.

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