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What challenges do HK protests present to China? [Copy link] 中文

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Editor's note: The recent protests in Hong Kong have plunged many parts of the Chinese special administrative region into chaos. George Galloway, a former British MP and a writer, shared his view on the protests. Views expressed in the video are his and do not necessarily represent those of CGTN.

CGTN: Some U.S. politicians have recently expressed "staunch support" for democracy in Hong Kong. What's your take on that?

Galloway: There never was any democracy in Hong Kong under the British colonial rule, which continued with U.S. support until the very last day. So the idea that the United States, that they are sitting in Washington fretting about the democratic rights of people in Hong Kong is patently ridiculous.

The United States is involved in a full-scale trade war against China. The United States administration, John Bolton in particular and Pompeo, as well as President Trump, they are in a full-scale economic trade war with China. So the Hong Kong issue is merely a stick to beat China with.

CGTN: How can China overcome the challenges it faces due to violent protests in Hong Kong?

Galloway: I have lived through a lot of challenges to China's unity and singleness. I'm not saying the Chinese state and government never make mistakes, somehow infallible. That would be ridiculous and anti-historical.

About one thing I'm certain, it is China's singleness, the oneness that has made the power that is today and the power it will be tomorrow. "One Country, Two Systems" is a good solution to the re-consolidation of the People's Republic of China that involves all of the territory of China, including that which was stolen from China.

"One Country, Two Systems" is a good idea, but it has to be one country – can be two systems, but it must be one country, and China cannot afford the challenge to its sovereignty, which these protests increasingly represent.

CGTN: In your view, how should the Hong Kong matter be dealt with?

Galloway: Well, above all, everyone should attempt to deal with this peacefully. There can be no question about China's national sovereignty in Hong Kong. No one else will ever again exercise any sovereignty there. So the Chinese state has the right to and must keep order in Hong Kong, must rule the street, must have a monopoly of force in the street.

At the same time, the members of the government, local government in Hong Kong and national government in Beijing should listen carefully to what people say, what people's complaints are, because you know today's demands by protesters become tomorrow's orthodoxies.

So everyone involved should listen to each other. Keep cool heads, should listen to each other's point of view. But above all, conduct this conversation with the premise Hong Kong is China, was China, will forever be China.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-08-19/What-challenges-do-HK-protests-present-to-China--Jbd8houkJq/index.html


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"you know today's demands by protesters become tomorrow's orthodoxies"  This statement makes it very clear that HK people want a democratic system of government and their own personal freedoms which are very different from mainland China. This is was they want for their future, the realisation of their own "system" of law and order which they have been protesting about for months, showing how heartfelt their feelings and attitudes are.

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"you know today's demands by protesters become tomorrow's orthodoxies"  This statement makes it very ...

Even so, it has to be within the boundary of one country, China. They also need to take note that there was no democracy under the British rule and no election whatsoever. They were given an inch and now they want a mile. The next thing they want is to go independent and separate from China. The serious of events in the past few months has shown what their true colour is. They use the anti-extradition Bill as a stepping stone to create this this havoc.

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"you know today's demands by protesters become tomorrow's orthodoxies"  This statement makes it very ...

No, the gangster are simply dead set on instigating unrest as sidekicks of the US in aid for uncle sam's futile machination to prevail in the trade war, and all their nefarious maneuvering would fall flat on their face.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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