CCP and Bauhinia Party will not suceed long term in controlling HK!
Updated: Feb 1
Hong Kong (HK) people have a deep understanding and distrust in all things CCP! Thus the recent announcement of a new political party in Hong Kong (HK) has aroused deeper suspicion about their intentions. This also comes at a time when the Liaison Office is expanding its operational base in the SAR.
There is also no love lost at all between the Southern and Northern Chinese.
The Cantonese speaking people of HK are incredibly proud and protective of their language, culture and heritage: they view CCP's promotion of their Putonghua (Beijing dialect) language as illegal assimilation and an assault on HK people.
Southern Chinese - especially in the Pearl River Delta - have a long history as seafarers and traders interacting with all people of all nations. For centuries the only Chinese port open to foreign trade was Canton: hence the importance of HK to the British.
By the end of the 1970's 2/3rds of HK people were refugees who had escaped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and swam, across the shark infested waters of Mirs Bay, to cross into HK. The first wave was following WWII and the second wave was during the Cultural Revolution (1967-1977).
The truth is that since the 1949 CCP takeover of China the communists have always been involved in stopping HK from becoming democratic. In 1971 China's UN ambassador scuttled HK peoples' right to independence.
Politicians worldwide are finding out that in this paradigm shift that created COVID-19, gone are the days when a 'position' on an issue wins the day! There is no such thing as a free meal - there are far too many 'politicians' who sell their soul for a meal ticket!
What matters today is the determination of the 'truth', which is defensible as a part of the rule OF law: e.g. the truth now matters to American Republician Senators who supported Donald Trump's insurrection against the Constitutional Republic of the USA.
HK protesters have taken off the mask of CCP and Emperor Xi Jinping for the world to see! CCP has no chance in the long term of controlling HK nor its people.
The truth now matters to those HK politicians and people who supported CCP's breach of HK's Joint Declaration at the expense of the majority of HK people's human rights and civil liberties.
WTPOHK believes in HK people, our community, our democracy and our human rights! Nobody said it would be easy!!
CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:
Beijing Signals Much Larger Role in Hong Kong Affairs
RFA 28 January 2021
Beijing has signaled it will step up direct political control over Hong Kong, as ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Xi Jinping said the city must be ruled by "patriots." Xi told Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam that the "patriots ruling Hong Kong" was a fundamental part of Beijing's policy towards the city, adding that it affected national sovereignty and security. "The central government’s comprehensive jurisdiction over the Special Administrative Region can only be achieved if patriots rule Hong Kong," state news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as telling Lam during a duty trip to Beijing. He said this would resolve "deep-seated problems" in Hong Kong, in an apparent reference to the political opposition. Since China imposed draconian national security legislation on the city from July 1, 2020, authorities in Hong Kong have been cracking down on peaceful dissent, expelling pro-democracy lawmakers who protested in the Legislative Council (LegCo) and arresting people for subversion, secession, sedition and collusion with foreign powers over social media posts. Xi's comments came as the city's government confirmed that members of the District Council, which saw a landslide victory for pro-democracy parties in November 2019, will be required to swear oaths of allegiance. Claims that oaths of allegiance weren't honored have been used to strip several elected LegCo members of their seats, eventually prompting the mass resignation of the entire opposition camp in December 2020 in protest. District councilors have told RFA that the administration has been doing everything in its power to undermine the councils since the last election, to the extent of denying funding and setting up 'shadow' councils staffed with Beijing's supporters. 'A political struggle' Southern District Council chairman Lo Kin-hei, who also leads the Democratic Party, said the authorities have succeeded in neutralizing LegCo, and have now turned their attention to the District Council, as a last bastion of political opposition in the city. "This is a political struggle," Lo told RFA. "LegCo can no longer fight, so the fight has moved to the District Council." "The trouble is that the district councils weren't designed for political struggle, but to reflect the opinions of local communities and to take care of people's livelihoods," he said. Hong Kong political commentator To Yiu-ming said the CCP will have total control over who is considered a "patriot." "This means they can remove democrats or dissidents from LegCo or the District Council just by labeling them unpatriotic," To told RFA. "There will be more disqualifications." 'Social work' department Meanwhile, a report on the HK01 news website said Beijing's Central Liaison Office in Hong Kong would step up its direct involvement in the daily life of the city with the establishment of a "social work" department. "This has been happening since the beginning of this year, via personnel changes, since Luo Huining took over [as head of the office]," To said. "It has now become much clearer what the agenda is." "They will be taking a much larger role in decision-making in Hong Kong in future, and specifically intervene in community business, like a party committee directing the work of the Hong Kong government," he said. "They're not even pretending that this is one country, two systems any more." Meanwhile, a court in West Kowloon sentenced activist Koo Sze-yiu to four months in prison on Thursday for "desecrating the national flag." Koo, 74, was accused of displaying a tainted national flag when he showed up outside court in July last year in support of pro-democracy activists, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai and 14 others charged with protest-related offenses, government broadcaster RTHK reported. The court found that the flag had been marked words including "white terror" and "fascist terror," and that Koo, who has stage four colorectal cancer, had held it upside down. Reported by Gigi Lee for RFA's Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
Beijing wiped out the democracy camp in Hong Kong. Now it’s replacing its friends.
Washington Post 26 January 2021 by Shibani Mahtani and Theodora Yu (format added)
HONG KONG — Beijing's political proxies in Hong Kong have long operated in a system designed to keep them in power, but recently they have come up short.
Now, after neutering the democracy movement with disqualifications and mass arrests, Beijing is tacitly effecting a shake-up of the pro-China camp, reflecting dwindling faith in its erstwhile allies amid its ongoing effort to remake Hong Kong.
The opposition’s removal “has given Beijing the impression that there is now a void that the existing bunch of parties and leaders loyal to Beijing could not easily fill,” said Kenneth Chan, an associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and a former pro-democracy lawmaker. “It’s [the establishment’s] incompetence and their failure to retain people’s trust that Beijing must have noticed.”
Since Hong Kong’s 1997 handover, Beijing has relied on a semiofficial coalition of business elites, Communist Party loyalists, trade unionists and the city’s government to keep popular demands for greater political rights in check and preserve Hong Kong’s status as a financial center. But the 2019 uprising against China’s encroachment revealed the limits of this alliance, which many came to view as politically ineffective, unreliable and unpopular.
Entering the fray is the Bauhinia Party, a new pro-China group founded by financiers from mainland China, presenting themselves as guardians of stability. Their emergence has pitted pro-China factions against each other in a contest of who can be the best executors of Beijing’s agenda. The new players’ presence is also propagating a veneer of democratic competition and legitimacy in an era when a new national security law has sharply curtailed political freedoms in Hong Kong.
The November 2019 local elections marked the first time that Li Shan had registered to vote in Hong Kong. The Sichuan-born investment banker, who holds degrees from China’s Tsinghua University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he wasn’t particularly interested in Hong Kong politics until the situation “got very serious.”
Political tensions had exploded that year after Chief Executive Carrie Lam proposed allowing extraditions to mainland China. The ensuing protests reflected a deep mistrust of Beijing — subsequently confirmed at the ballot box.
“The pro-establishment [side] was a spectacular failure,” Li said in an interview.
Li, 57, says he was moved to create his own party, seeing a “real demand” for an alternative. So in a nod to the Chinese Communist Party, which was founded on a boat on the South Lake in Zhejiang province a century ago, Li founded his on a boat on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.
Li acknowledges suspicions about his background. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body to the Chinese government. He doesn’t speak Cantonese, the language of Hong Kong. But he insists that he received no direction from the Chinese government or its liaison office in Hong Kong.
“But when I formed my party, I knew they would bless us, because what we are doing is good for Hong Kong, and it is also good for China,” he said.
“We can do this much better than the pro-establishment people,” he said. “Even pro-democracy guys say, ‘Look at your [existing] pro-establishment guys. This guy is much better,’ ” he added, referring to himself.
In interviews, Beijing’s longtime allies pushed back on the idea that they will be displaced or that bad blood exists between their camp and the Chinese central government.
“It is robust for a society to have different political parties representing different views,” said Holden Chow, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong [DAB], the largest pro-Beijing party, which typically appeals to the grass roots for support and whose leaders often rail against the West.
“We welcome different political parties, representing different views, and with different strengths, they can approach different people,” he added, postulating that the Bauhinia Party will appeal to residents from the mainland in Hong Kong rather than directly competing with his party.
Regina Ip, a member of Hong Kong’s executive council and legislative council, said that while Li’s goals were laudable, “he doesn’t stand a chance.”
The bread and butter of a party is “to win votes so you can win seats on the important bodies, so you have a voice, so that you have influence,” said Ip, founder of the New People’s Party. “I don’t think he really understands what that involves.”
Michael Tien, another pro-Beijing lawmaker, said it would be hard for the newcomers to win popular support. “There is a political divide that I don’t think they can change over a short period of time,” Tien said.
Tien, Ip and Chow were among the pro-Beijing politicians who lost seats considered safe in the 2019 local elections.
Sitting apart from this bickering is the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, sometimes described as a shadow government pulling the strings. Last January, Beijing suddenly appointed Luo Huining, a mainland party cadre whom it called out of semi-retirement, as its new chief. The following month China named Xia Baolong, an official known for tearing crosses off church roofs in China, to head its Beijing-based Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.
Over the past year, the liaison office has become more disconnected from Hong Kong’s traditional power brokers, forgoing its role as social connector for the city’s establishment and instead operating independently, Western diplomats and pro-China politicians say.
Ip said there has been “much less mingling with local community leaders or business leaders on the part of” Luo, citing the pandemic, his personality and a new strategy from Beijing.
“It is timely to have a review [as] things have turned sour, things have gone wrong,” she said.
It is “deliberately different” from the office’s previous relationship with Hong Kong’s power brokers, Tien added.
Ho-fung Hung, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who studies Hong Kong politics, notes that the liaison office’s role has been expanding for years, coordinating election campaigns on behalf of the establishment camp, commenting openly on local political issues and visiting ordinary citizens.
“The perception is it has been coming to the fore as the true power center of Hong Kong,” Hung said.
Reached by phone, a representative of the liaison office declined to answer questions from The Washington Post and suggested mailing the office to set up a meeting.
What is left, analysts say, is for pro-establishment parties to outdo each other in proposals that would please Beijing and align with its vision for Hong Kong.
This month, a lawmaker representing the restaurant industry suggested placing cameras in school classrooms to monitor teachers for “subversive” remarks. Ip, in a column, suggested curbs on dual nationality.
Li’s party, meanwhile, proposes integrating Hong Kong with mainland Chinese cities and has called for Hong Kongers to be allowed to serve in the People’s Liberation Army.
“This will not help bolster or create a mirage of democracy when Hong Kong’s core values are under attack,” said Chan, the professor.
Further references on the power struggle:
Time to replace Hongkongers with Mainlanders｜Stephen Vines (Apple Daily, 1 February 2021)
Editorial: Starry Lee’s suggestion to wreck Hong Kong | Apple Daily HK (Apple Daily, 1 February 2021)
Earthquake at the Liaison Office｜Poon Siu-to (Apple Daily, 1 February 2021)
Beijing replaces HK liaison office head amid unrest (EJInsight, 5 January 2020)
Amid fears Beijing plans to replace them, some pro-establishment lawmakers sceptical of Bauhinia Party’s impact (Yahoo/SCMP, 17 December 2020)
Behind the curtain: Wrestle between pro-establishment camp and Carrie Lam to get Beijing embroiled (Apple Daily, 19 December 2020)
Exclusive: Hong Kong officials slash time spent in district council talks (Apple Daily, 29 January 2021)
Footnote from Pepe & Jeremiah B. :
The Bauhinia Party is so anxious to pander to the aspirations of CCP they forget that in a democracy it is the people of HK as electors in the first instance who have authority to give them their mandate. But we have to admit that a) this is now communist HK and b) it's never been a proper democracy!