Hong Kong protesters are far from superheroes despite how some media and politicians present them ever since Francis Fukuyama declared “the end of history” in 1989, we have witnessed the deterioration of the liberal order, the rise of populism and great power politics, followed by trade wars. We are still seeing these global instabilities. Compared with many places in the world, including the great cities of the West, Hong Kong remains a rich and prosperous place.
However, Hong Kong’s Achilles’ heel is its identity crisis after 150 years of British colonial rule. It seems that a superiority complex has taken hold of some of its young people, making them vulnerable to being incited by radical ideas. Taking advantage of an open and tolerant society, they have spent the summer creating an alternative reality on social media, playing superheroes on the street, flying foreign flags, carrying Captain America shields and wearing Batman-inspired black clothing. Hiding behind face masks and wielding umbrellas, they throw bricks at police, spray graffiti, vandalise government buildings and disrupt public transport. This is not a fight for Hong Kong’s future. It is misguided anger turned against its own people. It is irresponsible for some sections of the media to cheer on the protesters and for some politicians to use the protests to pursue their vested interests. This political theatre in the name of democracy has brought chaos, tears and hopelessness to the city.
Hong Kong protests are ‘creation of the US’ China blamed continuing protests in Hong Kong on the U.S. as well it’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “It’s clear that Mr. Pompeo has put himself in the wrong position and still regards himself as the head of the CIA,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news briefing Tuesday. “He might think that violent activities in Hong Kong are reasonable because after all, this is the creation of the U.S.” China has, blamed foreign forces for the unrest, with Tuesday marking the first time Beijing has explicitly blamed U.S. the western and American influence to destabilize china by any all means.
US diplomats and politicians talk endlessly only about American ideals. When addressing audiences worldwide, many are so high on rhetoric, they can’t see how many eyes in the room they send rolling. Human rights and democracy, they will tell captive audiences from the four corners of the Earth. Donald Trump may be the first US president in that history to ignore the US Chamber of Commerce by starting a tariff war with China, but his move is aimed at forcing the Chinese to buy more US products.
Suffice to say that Trump has no interest in human rights unless the issue begins to threaten revenues. And when it comes to that point, he’d be the first to approve of tear gas and rubber bullets. And what about the 1,400-plus US companies operating in Hong Kong? The US has a larger representation in Hong Kong than anywhere else in terms of the number of companies with regional headquarters in the territory. Beijing has good reason to believe that these companies would encourage the increased political risk they are now facing. the US has done a lot of damage around the world with its regime-change efforts. Washington’s “black hands” played a role in the downfall of Indonesia’s Ahmad Sukarno and Iran’s Mohammad Mosaddegh. There have been more examples in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America through the decades, pretty much anywhere American companies make lots of money.