The resounding defeat of Communist ideology delivered in Hong Kong’s local elections is said to have taken Xi and his government in Beijing completely by surprise. Hong Kong Administrator Lam, likewise, was left alternating between conciliatory and strong talk. The official media in Communist China failed to report the results, and in some cases even side-stepped mentioning the Hong Kong elections at all. The 16 of 17 result means that fully 94% of the elections tipped in favour of the second of the two systems ruling China: democracy and freedom. Also worthy of note is that the elections achieved what the Communist regime could not: it stopped the rioting in the streets.
President Xi, and the Hong Kong Council, must now face a formidable opponent. Back in Washington the US State Department issued by way of a speech on 30 October—given by Secretary Mike Pompeo—what amounts to the Trump China Doctrine: think separately and treat differently the people in China, and the people of Chinese origin throughout the world, and the Marxist-Leninist regime in Beijing. Included in the Trade negotiations will be, according to Pompeo, a requirement that Beijing live up to its obligations in Hong Kong, by upholding a ‘second’ system, and throughout the world by following through on its obligations under the World Trade Organizations and the like.
A few days later Hong Kong’s unpopular administrator appeared to speak from a cloud of confusion: “We are not seeing the end of this. We know the results, we know the votes are split, but we don’t know the consequences,” said Leung Chun.
In commenting on the signing of legislation into law requiring Hong Kong to remain unfettered by actions from Beijing or lose its special status under American law, Chun was equally ineffective, “I don’t think the congressmen who voted for this act were fully informed, or correctly informed. I don’t think whoever initiated this, be they American or Hong Kong people, ever had the interest of Hong Kong in mind. It’s a proxy thing. I don’t think they have Hong Kong’s freedoms, Hong Kong’s democracy and Hong Kong’s human rights in mind. It’s all about China.”
Clearly his view that elected democratic politicians are “joined at the hips with radicals” is not widely shared. The Communists appear to be fumbling. Banning political parties in Hong Kong for not towing the Beijing line appears not to have worked.
“They want civic nominations, open nominations of candidates, and that is not in the Basic Law. And they did not want to negotiate. Somehow they thought that bringing out the masses, 100,000 people in the streets, why don’t you agree that that’s not politics? That is not diplomacy,” said Chun.
The Great Panda appears to have thought that by taking everything to the negotiating table, they could impose their will on the West. Naively it would seem, the West thought that mere contact with the ‘other’ government model, people of China would rise and demand democracy. That has yet to happen. However, what Chun is not addressing is that the issue is over “democracy” not “diplomacy.” The West is not really interested in finding ways to enrich the Communist regime in Beijing, as Trump has finally made clear.
Trump appears ready to put ‘diplomacy’ with the Communists on hold long enough to see Communism in China implode. Indications are this will likely propel him, 12 months form now, to a landslide victory like no one has ever imagined.