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Will China 'seize' Hong Kong?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So the protests in China have now turned violent with rubber bullets and tear gas being deployed by police.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48591001

    Protesters have made an attempt to storm the Parliament building.

    With one million [or 1/7th of the population] protesting at the weekend is there a chance of authorities loosing control [in Beijing's eyes] and using this as an excuse to enforce central rule over Hong Kong?

    I know China has a treaty promise to respect Hong Kong's right to self-determination for 50 years but really... it'd be unenforceable wouldn't it? Not like we could do anything even if we wanted to.
     
  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Exactly, and Putin set a precedent with Ukraine. UN = useless (shades of League of Nations). Maybe BoJo can negotiate, he is about as useless as Chamberlain.
     
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Speaking of Putin, there was mention on the radio of the possibility of Russia using similar tactics from Ukraine in Kazakhstan if their government gets any ideas... the northern half of Kazakhstan is ethnically Russian...
     
  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Wow. Powerful image.
     
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  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Protests were orderly however... otherwise this wouldn't have happened.
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    In direct response to the original question, China will indeed seize HK - the only question is when.

    When is the day the Chinese feel it can be done with any real involvement from the West. It would not surprise me if this is the decoy - a move to gauge just how concerned the West really is.

    For if there is one thing I did learn from living in this part of the world, it is that things happen suddenly and very, very quickly, As soon as China gets a whiff of feeling secure to take over more - it will, and without any real warning or logic to it, hence why it also will be successful in doing so.

    I think this is why the HK people are continuing to protest even though the law they are fighting has been postponed.

    They know such a move means absolutely nothing.
     
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So the legislative assembly is stormed by protesters... police retaking the building...

    China has to be thinking this is a rebellious cancer in its midst... worried that the disturbances might spread.

    I feel a bit of pride that we left behind a bit of liberty loving freedom to infect China.

    Though I think the odds might be against them.
     
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  11. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    People could stop buying so much stuff from China ... but would they?
     
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  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    But ... where would we get new smart phones?!?!?!

    oh the humanity!
     
  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  15. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    We should send a gun boat. That'll show 'em.

    or we could remove Huawei from our 5G network plans.
     
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  16. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    And that has been the case since 1997.
     
  17. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Are you sure you’re allowed to say that? After all, it suggests that the British Empire did do some things right!
     
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Aye... we did...

    Shocking really... :D
     
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  19. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It would hit China harder if we stopped people buying Huawei mobile phones and other consumer technology. I doubt that the possible proposal to buy 5G aerials from Huawei would make much of a financial dent in the great scheme of things, although there could be non-financial reasons for avoiding Huawei's aerials, of course.
     
  20. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Doesn't seem to be settling down... violence carrying on... tear gas, protests, counter-protests, now gangs of masked men with batons.
     

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