July 19, 2024
How will the Communist Party solve its ‘Hong Kong problem’?
Protests have taken a violent turn because the public’s patience has finally been exhausted.
Protests have taken a violent turn because the public’s patience has finally been exhausted.

Despite some initial sabre-rattling after Hong Kong’s current upsurge of anger turned violent on July 1, Chinese military assets will evidently not be moving into town any time soon.

Local law enforcement has risen to the challenge and learned how to crack heads, which should be enough to hold the line while Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, tries to ease tensions with her community “dialogues”.

Such efforts on the scene in Hong Kong should allow time for the ultimate decision-makers, in Beijing, to come up with some solutions. The only problem is that they still seem as uncertain as they were when the crisis erupted last summer.

The trigger was Carrie Lam’s attempt to force Hong Kong’s legislature to approve a government bill that would have allowed the extradition of fugitive criminal suspects, including Hong Kong citizens, to China for crimes allegedly committed there.

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See Also:

(1) The Hong Kong Protests Require US Action

(2) Beijing urges US Congress not to pass HK Act

(3) We need our mojo back vis-à-vis China

(4) Molotov cocktails vs. water cannon near Hong Kong gov’t HQ as thousands rally on Umbrella Movement anniversary

(5) Beijing’s latest, desperate propaganda turn to solve the ‘Hong Kong problem’

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