Russia Supporting China’s Repression of Hong Kong

  • Russia offered support to China pertaining to the Hong Kong situation.
  • Russia believes the US should not interfere in Hong Kong.
  • US President Donald Trump is expected to announce measures relating to supporting Hong Kong.

Chinese Authorities are considering a law pertaining to the State Security of Hong Kong meant to strengthen China’s control over the area. The law includes a strict ban on separatist activities and a requirement to report regularly to the Central government of the PRC. The consequences for Hong Kong of the adoption of the national security Law in Beijing:

  • Chinese state security officials will be able to officially operate in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong citizens could be deported to the mainland, in the case of charges under articles of the law on violation of national security. Hence any sort of human rights and freedom will no longer exist for the Hong Kong residents.
  • Hong Kong will loose the “One Government, Two Systems” automatically.
  • Law enforcement agencies of the PRC will be able to investigate the activities of foreign legal entities and individuals in Hong Kong. It would mean a totalitarian regime and lockdown.
  • Foreign correspondents in Hong Kong will not be able to have any freedom on reporting.
  • All foreign organizations, besides official foreign government representatives will be gone.
  • All foreign businesses will have to comply with the Communist government and more than likely will be run off from Hong Kong.
  • Demonstrations will not be allowed and the reprimand would be repressions carried out by mainland China.
  • Hong Kong was given to China on July 1, 1997, after 156 years of British rule. After the handover, Hong Kong was promised a “One Country, Two Systems” style of governance. China was supposed to implement one system in 2047 but it has been doing so early with its draconian totalitarian style of rule.
US President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump promised to announce new measures pertaining to China. Tensions between the two countries continue to escalate. Coronavirus continues to be a main topic of discussion and China’s responsibility for the virus. Regardless of the virus origin, China is the cause of the global virus spread. It has been confirmed on more than one occasion, including by a French Nobel prize winner and virologist, that the virus did originate in the Wuhan lab.

The US has already implemented additional sanctions on China, including on the Ministry of Public Security of the PRC and eight Chinese legal entities. The US noted that all of them will be added to the sanctions list created in October 2019, which already includes 28 Chinese companies on the same charges. The second sanctions list includes 24 Chinese government and commercial organizations “engaged in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russia immediately reacted negatively against US involvement in China ‘s dealings with Hong Kong. The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia respects China wanting to deal with Hong Kong. Russia says it is China’s prerogative and condemned US involvement in the Hong Kong situation. In the Fall of 2019, Donald Trump  signed Hong Kong democracy legislation.

The Kremlin is ready to support China and believes the US is meddling in China domestic politics and has no right to interfere with the Hong Kong situation. Ironically, the Kremlin meddled into Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014. Russia had no right to do so. Additionally, Russia is offering China support, if needed with Hong Kong. At this time it is not clear what besides diplomatic support that could mean.

China immediately issued a statement of gratitude. During the briefing, China thanked the Russian foreign minister for the support. Relations between China and Russia continue to thrive and grow according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Unless western nations step in, there is no chance for Hong Kong to gain independence and it will be swallowed by the totalitarian regime with horrible repercussions. It is plausible their will be a flood of refugees from Hong Kong. It would be the second such wave; the first wave was in the early 1990s when the UK hand Hong Kong over to China. Canada was one of the main recipients of those immigrants.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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