Chinese Communist Party is making everyone everywhere their HOSTAGE!
Updated: Dec 22, 2020
Sit back and try to see the big picture : worldwide everyone, everywhere is being increasingly held 'HOSTAGE' (physically, spiritually, financially, morally, culturally, linguistically, etc.) by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)!
CCP is not China : EVERYONE has a problem with CCP including most citizens of China, as shown by 1989 Tiananmen massacre and HK protests!
We are in a WAR of TRUTH : the 'truth' of rule OF law versus 'arbitrary' rule BY law!
CCP's hostage taking :
CCP is a virus that creates viruses! CCP has killed at least 77 million of its own citizens since it came to power in China 1949. Today roughly 1 billion (of its 1.4 billion people) earn 2000Yuan/ month of which 600 million earn 1000Yuan/ month. China is only ranked 72nd in the world for GDP / Capita going nowhere - it is a poor third world country;
CCP created and spread novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it creates COVID-19; UN's W.H.O. recognizes this as a global pandemic which today 20 December 2020 has infected 76 million people, killed 1.69 million and descimated the world's economy in only its first year! Wuhan virus Covid-19 is a paradigm shift in consciousness. The world demands an independent inquiry into CCP and WHO! Was this a CCP lab virus? Was this an act of biological war? THE WORLD HATES CCP FOR COVID-19 AND CCP MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!;
Taiwan is an excellent example of a leading democratic Chinese community which is being held hostage under constant threat of violence from CCP. Since 1949 when the CCP came to power, Taiwan has never been a part of modern China. The CCP 'One China policy' is a nonsense because Taiwan is not part of China.
CCP's Imperialist international 'usury' expansion project 'One Belt, One Road' (OBOR), also known as 'Belt and Road', has ground to a staggeringly quick disastrous end. Nationalist CCP wants to put itself at the centre of the world with everyone paying them! Like everything else CCP does, it is based upon abusing others - a debt trap for poor countries whose leaders have personally benefited from corruption along with CCP officials! CCP has no friends - only partners in crimes against humanity. At some stage these countries will 'awaken' and their people will remove the yoke of CCP;
CCP's domestic human rights abuses against religious and ethnic minorities in Tibet, Xinjiang and Mongolia have been ongoing for years and gradually and increasingly democratic countries are raising the issues at the UN and directly with CCP under UN 'Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide'. Much less is known and being done to protect the rights of linguistic minorities in China - which includes Cantonese speaking Hong Kong - from the assimilation by CCP in Beijing.
CCP attacks everywhere! Worldwide peoples, families, communities, hertitage, culture, language, morals, ethics, religious beliefs, critical thinking etc. with its censorship, propaganda, coercion, gaslighting, lies, dis-information, etc. Women, children, disabled and 'minorities' are second class or lower citizens. So much so that many Chinese citizens have no compass nor bearing aside from money! This is unacceptable and amounts to torture under UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).
In China after decades of CCP propaganda, abuse, killings, etc. it is fair to say that the majority of Chinese citizens have to some degree developed what can best be described as 'Stockholm syndrom' which is a condition where hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Simply said most citizens of China do not know what is going on and how bad it is! Which is why there is roughly 600million people earning only 1000Yuan/ month.
Democracy and the rule OF law are processes we all have to fight for!
CCP for years has been dangling to 'greedy' Wall Street investment bankers and corporate CEOs the carrot of China's 'massive market potential'. Whilst beating their captives over the head with their batons, the CCP then steals from their pockets! Leading democracies are now seeing CCP for who and what it really is - the world's worst ever totalitarian regime!
It's wakeup time for all investors and businesspeople : China under CCP is a poorly run undeveloped third world country AND there is no mass Chinese market potential worth the abuse we are witnessing!
Wake up and do something to uphold the rule OF law globally before it is too late in your own country!
My education in mainland morals
Apple Daily 19 December 2020 by Michelle Ng (format added)
It’s been drilled into public consciousness in mainland that when you see an old person fall to the ground on the street, don’t give her a hand, as the accident may be a ruse: the moment you make physical contact with her to help her get up, she may accuse you of having tripped her, bring her complaint to court and extract compensation out of you.
Such paranoia is not without grounds, for this avenue for the elderly to make money seems to have received official sanction: over the years, there have been several high-profile cases where Good Samaritans were asked by the courts to pay damages to plaintiffs they had tried to help.
When I was living in mainland, I used to be puzzled by these rulings. Surely, for the sake of social good, courts, as proclaimers of public morality, should do its utmost to promote altruism? Why fuel fears that it’s detrimental to one’s self-interest to assist strangers?
'Your logic isn’t mainland logic!', my mainland friends admonished me. The CCP controls the judges, so these edicts can be read as an extension of the party’s longtime tactic of sowing the seeds of discord among its subjects; the deeper mutual distrust takes hold, the less likely the Chinese will unite and rebel against the regime.
Yet another motive: public-spirited citizens - God forbid if their numbers become large enough to emerge as a class - would threaten the CCP by making its amoral nature more pronounced; as long as there’s a point of comparison, the Chinese may soon see that the party isn’t the benevolent provider it claims to be.
Thanks to my prior exposure to CCP’s fixation on toppling the moral compass of its people so to minimize the chances of it being toppled, I’m less taken aback than most Hong Kong people when I see the Hong Kong authorities displaying a distinct liking for going after those who do good: prosecuting social workers for helping demonstrators at last year’s protests; penalizing health workers who tried to pressure the government into keeping virus-carriers out of Hong Kong’s borders by staging a strike earlier this year; and, most recently, freezing the bank accounts of the Good Neighbour North District Church on the purported grounds that it functions as a money-laundering operation, thereby leaving its founder stranded in England with his family with no funds and halting its ongoing program to minister to the homeless.
By hounding those who put “love your neighbour as yourself” into practice, the CCP hopes to extinguish Hong Kong people’s civic-mindedness. This new code of conduct, however, would have been wanting had it not also pinpointed the kind of behavior that would receive positive reinforcement from Beijing.
Think of the time when the husband of the Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng found his construction firm under investigation for anti-monopoly practices shortly after Cheng hid in England and reportedly expressed the desire to resign.
When the news about her husband’s troubles broke, though, Cheng promptly returned to Hong Kong to do her duty of prosecuting those who had run afoul of Beijing.
Behind the stick comes the carrot: eight months after Cheng abandoned her escape plan, her husband’s firm won a $4.5 billion contract from the Water Supplies Department.
Based on what we now know about Beijing’s designs on Cheng, the scandal that besieged her when she first assumed office suddenly acquires a sinister meaning: back then, an informer rained on her parade by supplying to the press detailed photos of the illegal structures that had been built at her residence.
Perhaps it was Bejing that was behind the leak: in pre-emptively diminishing Cheng’s standing, Beijing was psychologically preparing Cheng for the dirty work that awaited her; without a good name to preserve, she should have no qualms about tackling tasks that the reasonable man would find repugnant.
Financier Jeffrey Epstein once boasted that his infamy as a child sex offender actually won him more powerful friends, because everyone has secrets, and the great and the good became more eager to confide in him, secure in the knowledge that compared to his secrets, theirs weren’t so bad after all.
The CCP system works along similar lines: set up a few precedents of immoral people reaping gains and getting off scot free, and many will be tempted to quell their conscience and join the game.
It follows that when Chief Executive Carrie Lam labeled those who protested against the extradition law as “hav(ing) no stake in society,”...
...What she really meant was: “people like Cheng and myself have already thrown our lot with the CCP and are doing really well. Why are you so unrelenting in not jumping over to our side?”
(Michelle Ng (吳若琦) is an independent bilingual writer based in Hong Kong. Her blog is https://michellengwritings.com, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
A 15-year-old is now the youngest reported Hongkonger in exile
Apple Daily 14 December 2020
A 15-year-old teenager arrested in a protest last year has arrived in London last week to seek political asylum, making her the youngest Hong Kong protester to go into exile so far.
The girl, who called herself Aurora, is the girlfriend of Tsang Chi-kin, a secondary school student shot in the chest by a live round on Chinese National Day last year and later charged with rioting. She felt unsafe after being followed by unknown men and chose to leave Hong Kong with the knowledge that she may never be able to return.
Speaking to Apple Daily, Aurora said she was immediately taken in by British customs officers upon arrival in London on her own and applied for asylum. The U.K. authorities have confirmed that she is qualified for asylum and will provide living arrangements.
She was arrested during one of the pro-democracy protests last year, however, since she was still a minor, she was not formally charged with unlawful assembly.
“If I stay in Hong Kong, it will only be more and more dangerous for me. It’s like I’m waiting for my death. I don’t know when police will decide to prosecute me,” said the 15-year-old.
She suspected she was tailed because of the record of her arrest, her relationship with Tsang as well as another frontline protester who was charged with rioting and arson.
“I fear one day they will nab me as well,” she said.
She met Tsang on the protest frontline and the two developed a relationship. The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his charges of rioting and attacking police officers and will likely be immediately imprisoned upon his sentencing trial on Dec. 22. She felt sad as the two did not even have the opportunity to see each other for one last time.
The British-based pro-democracy group Friends of Hong Kong is now assisting her in settling down in the U.K. Malcolm, spokesperson of the group, said they will provide as much support as they can to Aurora and, in particular, seek psychological treatment for her depression.
Aurora hopes to join the group in the future, to support others in exile and campaign for international awareness on how political persecution has divided families and imprisoned Hong Kong youths.
It is heartbreaking that a 15-year-old needs to seek protection abroad, said Ted Hui, former lawmaker now in exile in the U.K.
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Leftist call to send Jimmy Lai for trial in mainland China and ‘make an example of him’
Apple Daily 16 December 2020
Any decision to extradite Jimmy Lai to stand trial in mainland China would be perfectly legal and reasonable, a law academic said on Wednesday as concerns surrounded the Next Digital founder’s prospects of being subjected to a notoriously opaque system.
Such a move would demonstrate if national security legislation passed in the summer was being successfully implemented in Hong Kong, and would have the effect of warning other people against breaking the law, the scholar Gu Minkang wrote in an article published in the pro-China newspaper Ta Kung Pao.
It was also questionable as to whether the Hong Kong judiciary was able to safeguard national security and adjudge cases strictly according to the law, said Gu, director of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies and a senior adviser at the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation.
He cited cases in which the High Court had ruled against the Hong Kong government. Earlier, the court found a government ban on wearing masks was unconstitutional and in breach of the Basic Law, and that riot police officers had violated the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance by hiding their identification numbers from public view.
Gu claimed that as residents were having doubts about some of their judges, “it would of course be reasonable and legal to hand Lai’s case in accordance with the law to the mainland judiciary to handle.”
He added: “The success or failure of this case concerns whether the national security legislation has well and truly taken root in Hong Kong and is really able to punish those who openly flout the law.”
Lai, 73, is charged with collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of life in jail.
Gu further branded Lai as one of the “chief commanders of the anti-China gang that incites unrest in Hong Kong” and “the No. 1 traitor who colludes with foreign forces,” pointing to his meetings with the United States vice president, secretary of state, congressmen and other senior officials in the Washington government. If the judges passed down a light sentence for such serious offenses, the national security law would be left with no credibility, he wrote.
The best way to eliminate these uncertainties was to invoke Article 55 of the national security law to handle the case, according to Gu.
Under Article 55, the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong shall, upon approval by the central authorities of a request from the Hong Kong government or the office, exercise jurisdiction if a major and imminent threat to national security has occurred.
The U.S. had been imposing sanctions on Chinese government officials, proving that “national security is in danger,” the scholar said, urging the central government to transfer Lai’s case to the judiciary in mainland China.
A former pan-democratic lawmaker said that Gu’s article was aimed at testing the waters, to see how there would be a huge backlash from the public if Lai was extradited and tried on the mainland.
It also served the purpose of “threatening Hong Kong people, making everyone bow to the suppression inflicted by the national security law and shutting us up,” Lam Cheuk-ting said.
“There’s no transparency in the mainland judicial system. Human rights and freedoms are non-existing. We must therefore continue to support and fight for Lai.”
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Hong Kong seeks to arm immigration officials, empower them to ban people from leaving city
Apple Daily 19 December 2020 (format added)
Immigration officials would be allowed to possess firearms and ban individuals from leaving Hong Kong under a legal amendment proposed by the city’s government this week, sparking criticism from pro-democracy figures.
Lam Cheuk-ting, a former lawmaker with the Democratic Party, said the legal change could potentially give the director of immigration the power to lock individual Hongkongers inside the city “like the Uighurs in Xinjiang”.
Lam said the amendments would violate the freedom of movement stipulated under the Basic Law, and give immigration officers a power that they do not need for their work.
When the Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020 underwent its second reading in the Legislative Council on Wednesday, Secretary for Security John Lee said the bill was designed to efficiently handle non-refoulement claims filed by asylum seekers. The non-refoulement principle protects asylum seekers from being returned to a country where they would probably face persecution based on their race, religion or other factors.
The bill would enable the director of immigration to receive information about a carrier, its passengers or crew members, and empower that official to ban any individual from boarding an aircraft or other conveyance.
Also proposed is arming immigration officers under an amendment to the Weapons Ordinance and the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance. Lee said this change would give the Immigration Department more flexibility in handling emergencies and enforcing the law at detention centers. It would also increase the department’s flexibility in assigning personnel and heighten its ability to train its staff, he said.
A bills committee will likely be formed by the legislature, which is controlled by the pro-Beijing camp, although the choice of the committee’s chair has not yet been settled, Apple Daily has learned. Lam believes the bill may pass within two to three months.
Lam said immigration officers do not need firearms when dealing with asylum seekers, and they can call in police support when arresting illegal immigrants.
He speculated that the government is using asylum seekers as an excuse to expand its armed forces in the Immigration Department, creating more officers equipped to quell civic protests.
Lam said it would be a serious violation of Hongkongers’ freedom of movement to give the director of immigration the power to ban people from boarding airplanes or other transport without a court order. He compared that prospect to the fate of the ethnic Uighur people whose rights and freedoms are being suppressed in Xinjiang.
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