Dragon Move – Chairman Xi Imposing Mainland National Security Laws Upon Hong Kong…

China is signaling they will drop the panda illusion and take a full frontal dragon approach toward Hong Kong. Chairman Xi Jinping is deploying, some say he has already deployed, the Ministry of State Security – China’s leading intelligence agency – into Hong Kong to begin formal control through national security laws.

The move appears to be a direct signal that communist Beijing will not longer accept or allow Hong Kong’s current autonomous status as a free democracy. Beijing signaling “enough is enough”, and Hong Kongers are rightly concerned.  If Xi follows through, we can expect to see even more protests and confrontations; and the possibility President Trump will remove the “special trade status” the U.S. gives to Hong Kong.

Right now Hong Kong is exempt from U.S. tariffs and other economic measures the U.S. has deployed against China.  If Beijing takes full control, that could quickly change.

(Reuters) – Beijing appears determined to stamp out any renewed rebellion against the Communist Party’s authority over the former British colony. China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, is preparing to circumvent the city’s lawmaking body, the Legislative Council, in drafting the new laws.

The fear among many in Hong Kong is that China intends to criminalize existing freedoms, including criticism of the central government and its policies. It is the latest and biggest step in a concerted effort by Beijing to assert control over Hong Kong and its 7.4 million people.

In recent weeks there had been widespread speculation here that Beijing was planning this move, described by some local commentators as the “nuclear option.” Thursday’s announcement by China nonetheless stunned pro-democracy lawmakers, business leaders and lawyers in the city. It was, they said, a historic turning point – the end of “one country, two systems,” the formula Beijing had promised would allow Hong Kong to retain its way of life and freedom for at least 50 years after the 1997 handover to Chinese rule.

“This represents a real demolition of the one country, two systems idea and also the idea of Hong Kong’s autonomy,” said barrister Wilson Leung, a member of the Progressive Lawyers Group. Leung said extremely harsh sentences had been imposed on dissidents, journalists and lawyers on the mainland under vaguely expressed but draconian laws. “These same vague concepts are now being introduced to Hong Kong,” he said.

Many details of the new laws and exactly how they will be absorbed into Hong Kong’s existing statutes remain unclear. But Beijing has openly expressed its intentions in recent months. It wants to end the cycle of mass protests that have thwarted successive post-colonial administrations each time they have moved to more closely align the city with China’s political and legal system.

[…] Hong Kong is a vital cog in China’s economy. While China still has extensive capital controls and often intervenes in its financial markets and banking system, Hong Kong is one of the most open economies in the world and one of the biggest markets for equity and debt financing.

China uses Hong Kong’s currency, equity and debt markets to attract foreign funds, while international companies use Hong Kong as a launchpad to expand into mainland China. The bulk of foreign direct investment in China continues to be channeled through the city. And many of China’s biggest firms have listed in Hong Kong, often as a springboard to global expansion.  (read more)

Prior to the Wuhan virus President Trump was positioning the confrontation between the U.S. and China based on economics and trade.  Within that dynamic Beijing had a weak hand and President Trump exploited their vulnerabilities with a geopolitical strategy to dismantle China’s one-belt/one-road expansion plan.

President Trump used access to the strong U.S. market to leverage multinational companies away from Chinese manufacturing.  Trump’s tariffs against China were extremely effective; and led to Beijing’s initial acquiescence.   However, it was soon evident that China would not accept their diminished economic outcome.

If Xi moves on Hong Kong, there’s a very strong likelihood President Trump will remove the HK special trade status which will have an immediate impact.

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283 Responses to Dragon Move – Chairman Xi Imposing Mainland National Security Laws Upon Hong Kong…

  1. sundance says:

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      With a population of 7,492,072 in an area of only 405 sq mi, I envision a refugee crisis of epic proportions. Where will they go?

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      • alliwantissometruth says:

        Well, we’ll take them if they take our democrat voters and illegal aliens

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        • All Too Much says:

          “Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said late on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic island “stands with the people of Hong Kong” as she pledged “necessary assistance” to Hong Kongers who need help.”

          https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/25/taiwans-tsai-backs-hong-kongers-after-china-proposes-security-law.html

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          • A2 says:

            👇👇

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            • MaineCoon says:

              FTA:The Trump administration’s green light for the sale of 66 fighter jets to Taiwan will not make much operational military impact. But it delivers a strong message about the US commitment to defend the East Asian democracy. And, more notably, it underscores a significant change in Washington’s geopolitical considerations under its “Indo-Pacific” strategy, which aims to contain China.

              https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3024132/under-trump-us-arms-sales-taiwan-could-be-new-normal

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              • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

                66 fighters will “not make much operational military impact”.
                Excuse me.
                But those are made in America.
                They are not Communist “knockoffs”.
                Care to steer us to the appropriate aeronautical blogs where these things are comparatively hashed out?

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              • Tornarosa says:

                MC, the fighters are a start. I hope won’t be like South Korea in 1953, where the heaviest armor we allowed them was a jeep with a 0.50 Cal M2 on it. Taiwan / Formosa sounds like a natural fit. Language, culture, industrious work ethic, tech orientation, religion, history, culture. Sounds like Taiwan has been giving this some thought. (Thank you A2 for your watchdog reports).

                Not so many know that we are On De Record, of having sent military forces to the defense of Taiwan. In 1956 we sent several squadrons of F-86’s and a few destroyers IIRC when the CCP threatened to invade. I knew a pilot that flew reconnaissance over China at that time under cover of thunderstorms. The mission was a success and China backed off. I think it was on the 50th anniversary of the mission, the Taiwanese Government invited the pilots back to host them for a week and gave them nice silk jackets as a token of appreciation.

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      • Jase says:

        I would hope the Australian Government finds the courage to offer them asylum here.
        China has already-yesterday-issued us an ultimatum: abandon the USA or suffer the financial consequences, so I say go all in and stick it to them.
        Not holding my breath, though …

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        • mike says:

          China may go hungry again without food and energy from the West.

          We should shut down Venezuela shipments to Comcons and Iran the first time a Iranian or Chinese tanker pees oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Shouldn’t have to wait long at all.

          I was on a Chinese tanker overnight once, it was horrid and dangerous. They tried their best, but I went hungry rather than touch anything. e.g. literally greenish eggs sunnyside and barely dead, bloody, undercooked pork. Not your mom and pop Chinese restaurant !

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        • Dutchman says:

          This is, ultimately what it was ALWAYS going to come down to, it was inevitable after Nov. 2016.

          You are either with CCP, or you are,with PDJT, you can NOT be neutral, can’t be with “both”.

          It applies to countries, companies, and ultimately individuals. Its an EXISTENTIAL, World War, and before it is over, ALL will be forced, by the parties and the conflict, to DECIDE.

          “We are in a foxhole and taking fire.
          Either cover my 6, pass me ammunition, or get OUT of my foxhole!”

          “But, we are taking fire, if I get out of your foxhole, they will SHOOT me!”

          “If you don’t, I will shoot you!”

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          • jumpinjarhead says:

            I am skeptical that many Americans will see through the deception (COMMUNIST Chinese propaganda aided and abetted by our own government’s lies) of the last 50 years that has caused far too many Americans to think COMMUNIST China is just a big cuddly panda bear of a country.

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            • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

              Follow the stressed pocketbook. Clearly, Americans have been exposed to the concept of Communist Chinese perfidy. Only the most obstinate would attempt innocence of it.
              Sentiment to return manufacturing to America is at a high point. We ALL “get it” (even those who posture otherwise).
              A key to unlocking success in restoring American independence will be Congress. Incentives, tariffs, tax/labor/environmental laws and regulations will be passing through the sieve of “K Street”. Filthy lucre, corruption will be a head wind.
              Can voters discern their own best interest?

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              • Maquis says:

                Will PDJT expose the level of Chinese ownership of our Congress Critters and the Derp State?
                One most sincerely hopes so, they may be Xi’s most potent weapon.

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              • jumpinjarhead says:

                I continue to be skeptical, especially as to “ALL” getting it. As my family has moved from anything COMMUNIST Chinese to American alternatives as best we are able to determine origins etc., the price differential and availability issues will dissuade many less committed Americans from any effort to divorce themselves from dependence on COMMUNIST Chinese products.

                If (and that is a very big if, given the power and politics of the globalist companies (Apple, Microsoft et al. with huge investments in COMMUNIST China), we actually divest ourselves from COMMUNIST China and cut off all commercial, educational, cultural etc. ties such that we then regard and treat that cruel nation as we do other mortal enemies, like Iran, I think we can, over time, undo the damage it has caused us. I just do not believe, however, there is the political will from either party to come anywhere close to doing that.

                I expect there will be some realigning on various products we deem “critical to national security” etc. but it will only be window dressing to mollify citizens like us who actually care and to cause the rest of Americans who may be “upset” with COMMUNIST China over COVID 19 to go back to their reality show watching. Otherwise, it will largely be business as usual as we basically “trade” America for a socialist/communist (or even islamic) “utopia.”

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            • Dutchman says:

              I don’t think too many see China as a cuddly bear, any more and a crackdown in HK, if it turns bloody (praying not!) will change a lot of minds.

              Its all about “hearts and minds”, this WW4. The leaks from Mueller, most of which were lies and spin, were DESIGNED and INTENDED to lower PDJT’s support; they were AIMED at us.

              Didn’t work, his support actually INCREASED. I think the only ones with LESS understanding of us than Pelosi, McConnell (the elites) are the CCP; they just don’t understand the American people.
              IMHO, they will ultimately fail.

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              • jumpinjarhead says:

                We are in total agreement as to your conclusion. As to the “awareness” of our fellow citizens, I see a classic bell curve of unawareness fed by near total self-absorption. The ends are us and our mortal enemies the globalists, progressivists, communists and “noners.” The middle are those who are to varying degrees (it is a bell curve after all) the sheeple.

                I agree that some of those will be, again in varying degrees, swayed by any excessively violent (“merely” draconian will not have much effect as we have seen here with the “virus crisis”) crackdown by the ChiCOMS—assuming any of it makes it into the pro-COMMUNIST lamestream media. Furthermore, even if violent and in the “news” it will last a few news cycles before the middle of our bell curve gets back to vital stuff like sports and reality shows, just as Tiananmen Square is now a virtual nonevent to our younger “woker” generations.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  I know the difference between us, from our previous discussions.
                  Its a matter of ‘faith’ in “the People”, collectively.
                  Its my belief and hope that the sheeple are awakening, looking up and realising the truth, and (again, HOPEFULLY) just in time, and just in sufficient #’s, to ‘save the day’.

                  I far prefer that to the alternative, which is “Oh, its too late! CHICOMS and Satan have already WON! The people are too stupid, too short attention span, too brainwashed etc. to see they are being led to the slaughter, and we are doomed to end up like Venezuela.

                  We’ll see what happens,…

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                • jumpinjarhead says:

                  I fervently hope you are correct and I am wrong as to the “awakening” although I hasten to add I always have hope and will never “give up.” I suppose I am praying for a true miracle.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  PDJT’s election WAS a “true miracle”. Knowing what we know now, of ALL the forces lined up against him, of the unliklyhood of someone with -0- previous experience being elected POTUS, etc…HOW can it be viewed as anything BUT a “true miracle”?

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                • jumpinjarhead says:

                  Agree—we need a few more though

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Oh, we’re getting them, every day. Just have to SEE them, and they come in the most unlikely places and times.

                  But, hey, this plan of Satan, “Conmunism” has been ‘in the works’ since at least 1915, its gonna take a lot to knock it back!
                  And “Islamism” is a Con thats been around a lot longer than that,…just got to hang in there, and put our faith and trust in God!

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                • jumpinjarhead says:

                  I do like your “style!”😀

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      • ms doodlebug says:

        If that photo is any indication they are sending their own message to Chairman Xi Jinping. Come and take it – if you can. I don’t see these people backing down and running for cover.

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    • If the people of NY City weren’t such liberal a-holes, they would be demonstrating like this in Manhattan.

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      • sadly..30+ % of nation is “soak” up for commies leaning governors..do not expect NYC/LA be as Romania in Dec. 1989…if theirs governors get them good explanation many they would not protest if they get -duct taped mouths..

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        • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

          When one reviews the historical records of the American Revolution (that little incident where uppity, rebellious nerdowells) gave George the Finger), one finds that a surprisingly (surprising to some) contingent was either “neutral” or “Loyalist”. The war against the “Redcoats” was physically fought by a relatively small cohort of the American population. A somewhat larger cohort was “sympathetic” and provided moral/substinent support… So long as it didn’t leave a trail of breadcrumbs back to their hearth which could substantiate hanging for treason against the Crown.
          New York City itself may be impoverished. Where Patriots are concerned. But if I’m not mistaken (and living in the desert SW, WHTF do I know?), it would be foolish to discount the rural regions surrounding.
          And yes. I have traveled/hunted up and down the East coast. One of my dogs became a “Chesapeake Bay Retriever AND a Barrrrrrrrrr Haaaaaaaaabor sea dog” in one trip)
          FWIW.

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      • Seneca, I am in NYC adjacent to Manhattan and I speak Chinese. Any residual HK protestors here are vastly overwhelmed by the large CCP presence. Plus we’re all locked down, no Freedom of Assembly to protest.

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      • The Devilbat says:

        Look at the demographics of NYC and you will see exactly why they are all left leaning.
        Pay particular attention to the religious groups who live there. A full 71% of the members of one religious group have voted democrat since 1968.

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        • dwpender says:

          The New York website Wuhan virus dashboard breaks down NYC and NYS case data by race (courtesy of a mandate brought to you by our “great and good” government bureaucrats in DC, although NY would undoubtedly have done so on its own.)

          In NYC, Whites are 32%, Hispanics 28%, Blacks 22%, Asians 4% and Other 4%.

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        • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

          The question haunts us.
          Why? Why? Why? Why???????

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    • TPW says:

      . They are willing to fight if necessary ….Where are our patriots?

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      • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

        Our patriots are everywhere. And there are many.
        But our enemies who want us either dead or subservient are masters of incrementalism.
        They work towards their evil ends while avoiding the creation of any flash points. They do not make the mistake of dressing in red uniforms and marching in file against an armory. Instead, patriots are left to curse wisps and fogs. All the while, knowing our enemies are up to no good. But bereft of a clear target, a rider calling for assembly at a particular point.

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    • Mike Lee DelMarcelle says:

      That is the kind of turnout we need to see in this country over these virus restrictions!

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    • A2 says:

      #StandwithHongKong

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  2. Roadagent says:

    The only surprise here is how long it took for the Communists to abrogate the treaty. I pity the poor people of Hong Kong.

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    • budklatsch says:

      For decades I read the WSJ that often editorialized that giving China trade opportunities and favored status was in our and the world’s best interest. 15 years ago, I said no friggen way. The Chinses are killing our people with job loss and not opening up their society to free western ideas. Now the wsj, nyt wapo et al will see the chinese ‘final solution’ in HK and soon taiwan. And our asses in elite media own a huge part of this tragedy.

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  3. dasantacroce says:

    The sun never set on the British Empire because God didn’t trust them in the dark. Boris Johnson will bear this out with irony.

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  4. bullnuke says:

    Xi has lost it. Definitely not the time to push an already pissed off President Trump because of the China Flu. This will not end well for the communists.

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    • Bill Durham says:

      China has played things brilliantly for over 25 years. The number 2 economy, no wars, a small military budget, and the ability to bribe and infiltrate west democracies. being number 2 is a great place to be. Let the United States be the dummy that pays foreign aid, foreign wars, costs, and casualties. China had all the benefits and none of the responsibilities. Sweet deal. Xi has blown it all up. All they had to do was appease Trump for 8 years. Play the long game. Xi is uncharacteristically impatient. Not the Chinese way. So he gets in a trade war, starts military provocations, launches a bioweapon, and has his eyes on Hong Kong and Taiwan. Even China’s lap dogs are turning on them. They are becoming public enemy number one. Xi is becoming reckless. Is his end game a world war? This is not how the Chinese negotiate. They are patient and buy countries and people. The United States still controls the currency and banking systems. We are inherently nasty when provoked. Only one nation ever dropped the big one and we did it twice. We are usually peaceful. But we can reign down historical pain on our enemies.

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      • jnr2d2 says:

        Interesting:where did China get all the money to bribe their way into every country? By looting us of $ 0.5 T per year! How did they build all that infrastructure? Mostly by debt. With out US subsidy they can’t bribe or float debt anymore. There solution? Print more paper!!! And keep telling their bought friends to tell everyone that China “poo” doesn’t stink! Unload all Chinese debt and equity ASAP. I know that the Heng Seng, and Shanghai indexes haven’t really tanked — but that’s because the Chicoms keep printing money to buy open market shares!!! Get out before they can’t manipulate their currency anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Fubu says:

        It has been said that currency wars (currency manipulation) lead to trade wars (tariffs and embargos) lead to actual wars. Actual wars are often used to distract a country’s population from their adverse economic conditions. Both scenarios would apply to China as they get more aggressive toward Hong Kong, Taiwan, and in the China Sea. And what they did with the Wuhan virus was the first shot leading to actual war. Maybe it’s time to “Buckle up” as our boy always says.

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        • John Bosley says:

          Big Wars are ultimately about resources.
          Land, food, water, minerals, etc.
          If a population is sufficiently indoctrinated as war being the only way to survive then they will fight, all in or nothing.
          Wither they be the protagonists or on the receiving end.
          Question is, who or what is the main beneficiary of everyone at each other’s throats ?
          I can tell you unequivocally that an Evil Being from the dawn of time wants us all dead.

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      • ms doodlebug says:

        Did China really play things brilliantly or has China been the beneficiary of our own corrupt politicians?

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    • mike says:

      Xi seems to be moving on the Philippines thru their buddy, Duterte.
      Duterte seems to be taking over the largest broadcast network for “Chinese investors/buds” thru a lapse of their broadcast license (franchise).
      Phils are a weak point in our containment to the Pacific.

      XI is like the Risk player sweeping for Asia and the world, it’s messy…

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      • Zimbalistjunior says:

        Well the best strategy in Risk was taking Siam and Australia. Easy to hold and as far as I remember you’d get two army bonus every turn.

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        • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

          If more high schoolers were playing Risk and Axis & Allies in the classroom paired with their historical facts/context, ignorance of world affairs would take a heavy hit.

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    • …my feelings is it will end up for Chinese commies far worse than it end up for Russian Bolsheviks after 1991…VSG/ESG PDJT… is extremely piss off what they done for US economy and tens of thousands senseless death…Panda face Xi is unmasked for whole world even libs and Europeans can see it…

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      Xi is betting on a Biden victory in 2020. Prepare to see even more lunacy from the purchased Democratic organs against Orange Man Bad.

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    • ms doodlebug says:

      It’s not just the PDJT and the U.S. The entire world is looking at China with covid eyes.

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    • Mike Dennis says:

      Xi is definitely playing with fire. Take away his trade surpluses with HK and the USA and he has a deficit with the rest of the world.

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  5. Bob says:

    Xi is trying to push PDJT’s buttons…..he thinks the USA is a push over. But he should really think about what he is wishing for.

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    • gary says:

      xi is discounting his real adversary. the american people. me thinks they are done buying chinese.

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      • Jeff C-C says:

        That, and the Holy and Living God.

        “For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing”
        Ephesians 6:12-13

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      • Rileytrips says:

        Yes! Except, American household manufactured items are very hard to find. Recently I was in need of a new flatware set. I found that only ONE company still makes flatware in America – Liberty Tabletop. They will even send you samples to help you decide. They are great quality, too, and not very expensive. I bought a service for 12 for 305.00 with shipping costs included.
        We need to bring back so much more to the USA!

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    • More like Xi is desperate to remain in power and this is a move for him to “save face.” Xi believes it is the opportune time for this and other moves as the US is busy fighting Kung Flu. Cabal colluding with China taking its opportunities. Not gonna work as PDJT pushes back on all fronts.

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    • Yes Bob ..VSG/ESG PDJT …in his SPACE ARM FORCE….got wonderful new toys ready for tests…and he will not hesitate…

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  6. Is XI taking advantage of the perhaps perceived decline of PDJT’s popularity due to the MM and Dem’s reaction (and Republican’s inaction) to the President’s COVID-19 response.

    They might think he is politically weakened to the point where they can push the ChiCom agenda.

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    • Bill Durham says:

      The problem is that foreigners read the us press and get the same disinformation we get. They read wapo, nyt, and CNN. This has caused Canada, Europe, Ukraine, and China to make bad decisions. They get the wrong analysis of Trump. Putin is the only guy who knows how to understand United States media and polls. And rocket man. Xi assumes Trump will be gone and Biden Will be back. Back in business in 6 months. So he moves on Taiwan and Hong Kong. Maybe threatens Guam. Trump can’t retaliate in a military way. But Trump will wage a damaging economic war that could make Hong Kong and Taiwan severely devalued.

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  7. Johnny Boost says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see how (if?) the British react.

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    • MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

      The Brits aren’t going to do shit! That country is done. This will be US vs China and you will see the EU trend to the China side.

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      • jnr2d2 says:

        True. Brits have one Aircraft carrier and a few nuke subs, and they can barely defend their little island. Apparently, they don’t even have the ability to deal with the muslim invaders (nor does France or Germany).
        If China “seizes” effectively Hong Kong, we drop favored nation and wellcome Hong Kong investors to USA if they set up here! Green cards to only the skilled — maybe 1 M. Same with Taiwan. Scorched earth tactic. China can take them over but it is “salted ground.” What’s left is just the lower half of the economic peasant pie, and they need to feed them!

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      • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

        The Brits were on track to embrace Wauwei for building out 5G just as we were warning them NOT to.
        Where does GB stand in regards to that now?

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    • The Brits kicked Huawei off their 5G networks completely. They’re no longer allowed even on the less critical parts of the networks. A good starting move, I’d say.

      Guess what would be the best move and not only by the British but by as many major countries as possible? Full recognition of the independence of Taiwan and a push to give them a full member status on all UN organizations. That would piss off Xi more than anything else. It could be called a reward for Taiwan for their attempt to give out good info on the China Flu and to facilitate the spreading of their excellent research data to other countries in order to get the China Flu crushed all together. At the same time it would be so obviously a slap in the face of China and its treacherous handling of the crisis that you wouldn’t even need to mention that.

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      • jnr2d2 says:

        No. That would mean war, and there is no way we will really fight China to save Taiwan. NO F….g way! Do the slower Panda face of exfiltrating Taiwan and Hong Kong wealth and the cream of their skilled people. What’s left is a hollow victory — Political union, economic ruin. China makes more trouble — cut them out of the US financial system. Let Cuba, Venezuela, and any other Chinese friends go full barter economy!!

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        • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

          Sell the weapons systems to Taiwan that they think will stave off mainland attack. If it does or doesn’t, we 1) earn money for American industry (I know… I know…) and 2) we up the cost to Xi for moving on the “renegade” island.
          And we all agree that the Communists will suffer economic isolation to the best of our abilities if they try any invasion. Xi might be goaded or hubristic enough to roll the dice. But would his communist buddies go along with “President for Life” in those terms?
          Asian realpolitik may have already devolved into a trip to the casino. Place your bets.

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      • I Hear You Now says:

        mindyworldblog:

        would you kindly provide us links to back up your claim of UK having turned away from Huawei?

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  8. J says:

    China is a cornered animal. HK and anyone travelling in the SCS, even in their own territorial waters are feeling the pinch right now. Taiwan is next.

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    • Maquis says:

      Yet China is staged for war on Vietnam, from massive warehouses to tactical superhighways to concrete artillery launch pads…

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  9. bullnuke says:

    The Art of War “ who wishes to fight must first count the cost”. Xi needs to think about this a bit more.

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    • gary says:

      thats like asking adam schiff to tell the truth. dems are lawless,just like the chi coms.

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      • All Too Much says:

        Unlike most Chinese folks, you always know without doubt that when Schiff’s lips move he’s telling a lie.

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    • rah says:

      Xi won’t because it’s all he knows. When faced with opposition all he knows is oppression and intimidation. We are headed towards a cold war as long as Trump remains POTUS and I am thankful for that.
      This move will only give a good excuse to keep piling the stones in front of the dragons cave. Arm Taiwan to the teeth. Keep piling the stones up until it cannot escape.

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      • Dutchman says:

        rah,
        “We” have been in a war, a World War, since the end of WW3, also known as,”The Cold War”.

        We are now in WW4; the war against Globalist CCP.

        Their main weopon up till now has been corruption, not only in the U.S. but in all countries, to one degree or another.

        Its only since PDJT, that we are realising and aknowledging that we are in a War and fighting back.

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    • sickconservative says:

      They did and counting on leftist socialist progressives did I miss anything to bail them out.
      I’m ready to fight first with my dollars as I spend really around two hundred thousand a year with my suppliers so and am going to let them know how I feel.

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  10. PinotNoir says:

    Pull China’s most favored nation status, delist their stock exchange, recall US embassy staff, shut down university China centers, expel Chinese students, and last, file treaty violation protest with the UN ( I know but it will annoy the CCP)

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    • bullnuke says:

      Tear up the IOU’s.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Yes, the TWO “Nuclear options” PDJT has in his quiver.
        One, international financial firms (banks, etc. ) can either transact business with China, or with the U.S., but not both.
        The ultimate in sanctions, no bank would work with China.
        Two, refuse to honor the billions in U.S. Treasury “debt” China is currently carrying.
        One or both would, I believe, destroy Chinas ability to function in international markets?

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        • jnr2d2 says:

          Don’t need to do do that. Just what I said above, and they will have to sell all their treasuries at a discount (25-50% haircut) They do it to themselves, and we preserve our sovereign debt leadership.

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          • zorrorides says:

            Yep. “They do it to themselves.”

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          • Dutchman says:

            Understood. I really don’t think our soveriegn debt will take a major hit, if/when PDJT decides to repudiate.
            Firstly, WHERE else are investors going to go?

            Secondly, as it because clear what CHINA really is (at war with U.S. and the World) repudiating debt held by CHINA while continueing to honor all other debt will seem reasonable, and an act of economic warfare, or retributiin for unleashing virus on the World, therefore no reflection on the reliability of Treasuries.

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            • Maquis says:

              One could fairly argue that a failure to deliver such pain would undermine the value of our Treasuries.

              Combine that with a simultaneous push for all “debt-trapped” Belt and Road Initiative countries to proactively repudiate their debts and force the Chinese out. All the world is awakening to the reality of the Red Dragon and the many ways it has been preying upon and infecting the world. Time for an overwhelming coordinated economic assault of Historical proportions. Free The World!

              #Chexit

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        • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

          Yes. Much hinges on the international banking system in which our good ole USD is still (more or less) King.
          China, Russia have been buying gold. China is trying to build accounts settled with the yuan/renminbi.
          And we have used the mistaken (or contrived) COVID panic to shift ourselves into even deeper debt.
          Me? I keep some cash in my wallet.
          What does it all mean?

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        • Tornarosa says:

          Not that I give a rat’s patootie for the World Court, but I wonder how many nations would sign on to a pleading to seize CCP assets in compensation for their inflicting death and destruction on their innocent peoples. I know President Trump likes doing things in a legal framework in cooperation with others.

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          • Tornarosa says:

            ps: The only thing we need from China were some worms smuggled out in hollowed out walking sticks by monks a thousand years ago.

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          • Dutchman says:

            I share your feelings about the World Court,…and I don’t think PDJT is gonna wait as long as it would take to work thru them, but I like the concept.

            He can find them in violation of the phase one trade deal, for continueing with IP theft, which is a violation.
            So, he can increase tariffs, shouldn’t hurt OUR economy (just like before) and really isn’t anything CCP can DO about it (just like before).

            He has a lot of financial arrows in his quiver,…I am sure he is mulling them over,…he knows the stakes, he knows the game, he knows his opponent, and he knows what the end game is.

            Gonna be interesting,…

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      • Zimbalistjunior says:

        Someone mentioned somewhere that apparently there are billions or trillion or two of money owed by China to world governments from loans or bonds the pre Commie govt took out.
        Seeing that the Hong King lease treaty was signed by U.K. and a pre Commie China and yet the commies enforced it, Id think any agreements even financial between pre Commie China and rest of world are valid.

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    • WSB says:

      Freeze all US based assets and claw back all food producers. It would be an issue for all of us for awhile but who cares…the large multinationals would lose their factories, but that’s their problem.

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    • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

      Patience, Pinot.
      Another year in the barrel, DJT’s re-election and your wine will come to hand. Not to be released “before its time”.

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    • sickconservative says:

      Agree but a cornered rat with there money is dangerous not just dinner.

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  11. Make it so Number One.

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  12. weirdflunky says:

    The Commies appear to be betting everything on Trump being limited in how he can respond now and Jan 20,2021 there’ll be a new sheriff in town. A weak bought and paid for new sheriff.

    Not to mention the so called border dispute with India and the virtual take over of the South China Sea. Oh yeah, Taiwan says hello.

    I’m not at all happy about what these bastards are doing.

    This could get real sporty really quick.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      Atomic ‘defensive’ weapons to Japan, Tiawan, S. Korea?

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      • Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

        Tactical ones. Nuclear mines. Purely defensive. Don’t invade, and they will not go off… Radiation is not as bad as its rep., btw.

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    • annieoakley says:

      The CCP is messing along it’s border with India too. Injuries on both sides Chinese Communist Party is on the warpath.

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    • clulessgrandpa says:

      I see that Biden would raise the US corporate tax to 28% from 21%. China has a 25% tax rate. That would slow the momentum of moving manufacturing back to the US. I don’t understand how Bidden can become POTUS. How in the hell is he leading Trump by double digits?

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      • helmhood says:

        He’s not leading Trump by double digits.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Biden is not leading President Trump by any digits. He is trailing and will never catch up.
        If Biden is the DemonRATs candidate on Nov. 3, he will lose the election by at least 10% of the vote total.

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        • Rileytrips says:

          GB, this the the globalist voting scam- the MSM and their bought polling research institutions keep their D candidate with a certain percentage polling advantage through the campaign. Then after massive voter fraud, they win the election for their D candidate by another percentage that they agreed on previously.

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    • Mike in a Truck says:

      No Hong Kongers should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. This is exactly what the Red Lizard is hoping for. It gets rid of the pesky freedom movement. Those people should stay..and fight. We should use Taiwan to smuggle weapons into Hong Kong. Will they win? No- they will be wiped out. But this will lead to other factions uprising and from there let it snowball.Bring warfare to Chinese soil.

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    • bruzedorange says:

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/05/09/president-trump-meets-with-joint-chiefs-and-national-security-team-video-and-transcript/

      Evening of May 9 President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell met with the Joint Chiefs’ and National Security Team.

      Back then we were thinking Venezuela was the topic de jour. Maybe they talked a little China, too.

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  13. grlangworth says:

    Mistake, mistake, mistake. Panda loses access to much in its own fell swoop. Foreswearing GDP targets, rebuking liquidity — no way to court prosperity. In your bowl you’re arranging your fingers, while you wait in vain for rice.

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  14. Rj says:

    After what China released on the world they should be immediately removed from the WTO and kicked out of the UN and every organization and country.

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  15. dbobway says:

    The biggest test of the economic weapons of war, to date.
    We’ve been attacked with biological weapons of war, murdering the unprepared sheep, our country and the world..
    We are at war with China,
    which means we are at war with leftist globalists.
    Without conventional morality, Truth and the priceless value of human life.
    We can not have Self reliant individual freedom. Our form of government depends on it.
    One more step forward against free men,
    One step closer to the firewall of the 2nd amendment.

    “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”
    Col. William Prescott
    Bunker Hill June 17, 1775

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    • mike says:

      I don’t know that we are at war with China, but China has been at war with us for some time Aided by their globalist serfs, like many CongressCritters.

      Trump is moving on China, but swimming upstream in a river of DS shtt. That is not war.

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      • dbobway says:

        Hey Mike,
        Do you think we would be going through this China orchestrated plague, if PDJT didn’t start throwing tariffs at China?
        You are right about one thing, China has been at war with us since Korea.
        I don’t see a compliant America, being attacked by China., killing innocent people.
        The Congress is the sworn enemy of the American citizen, on both sides of the isle.

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  16. Stephen Parrish says:

    Delist first. The warning message has gone out. Then yank HK status. It’s a ruse. I love HK— but let’s be honest and truthful about this. Grenell looks to have some time on his hands come Tuesday.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      Let HK citizens immigrate to US.
      1.’satisfies’ the dem desire for immigration (how could they be against it?)
      2. smart, highly-educated people who ahte communism and socialism.
      3. satisfies the ‘corporate tech’ lobbyists and donohue for tech workers.

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      • NATURALLY….they should go to Taiwan..Beau Geste..

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        • Missy says:

          HK people speak Cantonese, not Mandarín. Taiwan speaks Mandarin and M. is considered the “upper class” language. Not as easily assimilable as you might think.

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      • DaughterofLiberty says:

        They’d certainly vote Republican. Hahahahaha – then watch how fast the DemonRats would be against immigration and illegal voting.

        Seriously, though – those poor people. I wonder how many high-tailed it out of there when the Brits handed it over to China. How fortunate for those who saw the writing on the wall and got out.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        HK citizens are fighting to live freely in HK, their homeland, which is beautiful.

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    • mike says:

      We were married in HK.
      But if HK becomes a human shield for CCP, you just have to deal with it…

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  17. negasht7 says:

    This message is to A2. My friend is teaching English in Hong Kong and has a year or so left on contract. My instincts tell me she should leave but she is concerned about the consequences of breaking contract. Do you feel she should leave now? She is an American citizen. I know you already contribute a lot so thank you for a little more and Good bless us all

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    • osugagal says:

      Also a message to A2. Grandson (American Citizen) is also in HongKong. Plans to come back in July. Will that be too late?

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      • A2 says:

        Negashi7, she should be ok, but the protests will continue as well as the brutal police action. Best to stay away from protest sites. She must be teaching remotely, online? If she is worried she should call the US consulate for advice. They may also help if she has trouble getting a flight. Also discuss her options with her employers.

        Yes, she should think about leaving.

        Osugagal, your grandson should be ok until July. Just stay away from protest hotspots. Then fly home as planned.

        In two days the NPC will rubber stamp the security act, supposedly work out the details then promulgate.

        As I have said here before, the Act is already written and just ‘legalises’ the fact that CCP security services have already been operating here beneath the radar sine the protests broke out over the extradition law. They were here before that, but now the infrastructure is in place.

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      • WSB says:

        If our government if offering trips home, I would take them up on it.

        Remember the airlifts in Viet Nam?

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        • sickconservative says:

          I have a friend that was on top of the building, an eighteen year old and like he said scared shit-less.
          Something is coming down with China and thank God we have our President at this time in history.
          We lose in November they will work for their masters that bought them.

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          • WSB says:

            I can only imagine. There was a lot of press back then showing all of the chaos.

            I worked in HK for years and feel terrible about this. No one is prepared to fight the Security Services of the CCP.

            Heck, before my last flight home from there in 1997, there were young soldiers on the buses taking us from the terminal to our flight. All with AK47’s or similar.

            Writing was on the wall.

            Maggie Thatcher made a very bad mistake.

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    • DaughterofLiberty says:

      Let’s see….how about weighing the consequences of being an American swept up in the midst of a bloody purge, possibly being accused of being a spy, best case scenario being imprisoned, worse case being executed or sent to a re-education camp…versus breaking a contract that may only have financial ramifications?

      What do you think???
      She’ll be extraordinarily lucky if she can get a flight out – but I urge you to counsel her to get out asap. I just read a comment comparing the situation to that of 1938.

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    • WSB says:

      No time like the present.

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  18. billybob says:

    I see the rocketman has been blowing some steam. Must have been stoked up by his handlers . These clowns don’t realize that PJT is way beyond their tired vaudeville act .

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  19. FL_GUY says:

    Have you ever noticed how the Chicoms call their leader, “chairman” like a company executive rather than a brutal, totalitarian dictator? What a mis-label. Kind of like the dictators of the blue states laughingly calling themselves governors and mayors.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      Kinda’ like Nitwit Tehran Nan is Speaker of the People’s House?

      Not my people she isn’t, nor was Lyin’ Ryan or Cry Baby Bohner.

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    • DoggyDaddy says:

      Actually, the label “chairman” was retired by the 12th National Party Congress in 1982 (no longer would someone rise above the Party like Mao). Official Chinese statements do not refer to the “paramount leader” as chairman. Since 1982, the “paramount leader” of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is known by the more traditional communist label of General Secretary. I don’t know if Xi celebrates “Secretary Day.”

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      • A2 says:

        It’s worse. They are no calling Xi, 领袖. Haven’t seen that elevation since Mao.

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        • DoggyDaddy says:

          Yes, “paramount leader” is an official term for describing the General Secretary. The difficulty with the use of labels for the Chinese is inadvertently seeding a cult of personality, like we saw with Mao, that rises above the Party. Mao was instrumental in adapting Marxism-Leninism to the peasant culture of China; that adaptation became known as Maoism. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the idea that this adaptation was a fundamental change to the way Marxism-Leninism was applied to the world, Mao became a larger-than-life figure because of it. After his death, the CCP eliminated the title of “chairman” at its 12th Party Congress in 1982. I doubt that Xi has what it takes to be as revered a figure in the greater communist world as Mao.

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  20. The bruising trade battle with Trump made China’s total annexation of Hong Kong imperative, as in the case of any parasitic organism eager to eat and drink from Hong Kong’s powerful capitalistic abundance.
    Of course, it won’t be that way for long, if at all, as business supply lines look elsewhere.

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    • Beau Geste says:

      The chinese have long announced and planned to destroy Hong Kong, to make Shanghai its financial capital.

      Lest transfer most of the Hong Kong populace and capability here, in toto.

      Like vietnam boat people, but better trained.

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      • mike says:

        Well, at least Hong and Shanghai Bank won’t have to change the name…

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      • starfcker says:

        Yes, we need more foreigners in finance. That will solve most of our problems.

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        • GB Bari says:

          You forgot the /s

          😉

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        • zorrorides says:

          The Hong Kong residents won’t like it at all, but we (the US) should help them reach Taiwan, if we help them at all. If HK can get to Taiwan with their mainframes and any of their funds, that will be a blessing. Taiwan could handle another 5 to 6 million people, – not that Taiwan wants HK to come live there. There’s room for Singapore, Taiwan, Shanghai and HongKong in the Chinese peoples’ business.

          I think accepting the Hong Kong people into the US would be a net loss and a lot of problems. Not a good idea.

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          • Missy says:

            Yes, I used to go to HK 2x/month. Did a fair amount of business there.

            Their business ethic is COMPLETELY different from ours. I had to look long and hard for reliable, honest business people. It’s just NOT IN THE CULTURE to do honest business. Yes, they are capitalists, but not OUR kind of capitalists. Trust me.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      They have things his mainland people need. Why buy when you can take?

      Sunlight has actually been the best disinfectant here, and he looks like he is shutting it down. I am sure fakebook and Gaggle and all the tweetters are lining up to help, just as they did/are doing trying to cripple us with the Wuhan China Corona Virus 24/7/365 and the loss of free speech. They are no longer social media, they are full on enemedia.

      You can’t see this. We can’t post that. That ad. NO. We’ll tell you what is truth or not.

      It is time that our President TRUMP brings the hammer down on all of these people. STAT!

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  21. theoldgoat says:

    This is the way of tyrants. I am only surprised they have waited this long to act.

    Communists are always having to use force to keep command. This is what the left want to see done here. Make no mistake, our left are no different, other than that pesky Constitution, and even with it they have dismantled a large part of it while they work to undermine the rest.

    Our left, like most who impose their will over the serfs, is no different than Xi, who wants total control over every aspect of your life. It is the real reason behind ObamaCare, and every other social program the left pushes.

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    • WSB says:

      That is what Glenn Beck warned us years ago. The leftists would all come together in a perfect storm. We have a moslem director of WHO, Xi, and a crapload of globalists whose dream has been to flatten the US specifically and capitalism generally.

      Buckle up.

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  22. kleen says:

    I have an idea, let’s bring millions of freedom loving people from Hong Kong in exchange for Hollywood drug addicts and high paid prostitutes aka “celebrities”, NBA and NFL drama queens, and all Democrats.

    Take our leftist trash out of here and gives us your hard working freedom loving people.

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    • palafox says:

      Annex Baja Peninsula, make it a U.S. territory, and give it to Hong Kongers.

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      • starfcker says:

        If we annex Baja, I don’t want to give it to Hong Kong. That’s a nice piece of real estate. Can’t we just give them Tijuana?

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        • zorrorides says:

          If the Hong Kong folks really looked toward their own interests, and desired to be anywhere distant from HK when the ChiCom Card landed on the table

          then they would have been buying their way into Singapore or Taiwan, or even the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, or gasp – South Korea. Take with them money, expertise, and entrepreneurial connections, and build new wealth in a new home.

          If there was a place where mainland China’s wealth was exfiltrated to, it was exfiltrated to Hong Kong.Yes, HK did real work/added value. I hope many there have bought and funded an escape hatch, and use it.

          I don’t think bringing 5 million HK to USA is going to help us current residents.

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    • Exactly. We’ll make it like the Bergdahl trade: China gets back 10 million communists; tech company owners; people who said they’d leave the country if Trump won; and all democrat politicians. We take in 1 million HK’ers of the highest degree.
      Start with Cher and Deniro. Finish with the Otto Warmbier versions of Obama/Biden.

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  23. Reserved55 says:

    Thank Clinton/Bushie NWO crony Tony Blair

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  24. alliwantissometruth says:

    What utter frauds these communist elites are. They’re all immature little men boys who are so insecure they use violence and intimidation to retain power, instead of being honorable human beings who truly care about their people

    Nothing but dorks and scumbags who need a vicious army of thugs to maintain their control and make them feel like men

    A system of government my ass. It’s nothing but a freak show ruled over by little boys who’d be working at a fast food dump if it wasn’t for this totally corrupt and criminal scam of a system

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  25. Kid Jupiter says:

    Honestly, maybe I’m nuts, but it’s long past time to start taking out the top CCP leadership. If we cut the head off the dragon, the 1.3 billion person body won’t know what end is up. That beast isn’t going to be tamed until there’s blood pouring from it’s neck, where its head used to be….

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  26. LafnH20 says:

    Cripple them…Both

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  27. jus wundrin says:

    I have a feeling that Tienanmen square will be considered a tussle compared to what will happen in HK. Pray for the residents and protesters of HK!

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  28. mike says:

    My prayers go to the people of Hong Kong and hope they come up with some creative, miracle solution to frustrate a dictator who may be willing to sacrifice them all.

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    • jnr2d2 says:

      Most of the people are still sheples. And what do they use for weopons? No guns. Lay down in street? Become road kill? 7 M dead is nothing to the Chicoms — look at history of the number killed to gain and keep control!!

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  29. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    Ok…….A little off topic but China must be stopped now.
    Not for the reasons below, but for a far more dangerous, life changing reason.

    They must be stopped here and now because of:

    MARS…..

    If China gets to MARS first, and introduces offensive weapons, game is over.
    Not the least of which are the natural minerals and such.

    But, control of an entire planet which would have serious repercussions for our entire world…….

    Think about now….we…Americans get into space riding on Russian spaceships, stay at the Russian Space station, and get rides back to Earth by the Russians.

    Russia has the space fleet.

    China is headed toward the moon then MARS.

    We can’t get into orbit…..
    Ah yeah…..Who was put in charge of our space program?….Pence
    Who was put in charge of the virus task force?…….Pence….
    How many press conferences did he give?

    China must be stopped. If the get to MARS…….We are screwed

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    • starfcker says:

      Not true. The Tesla dude is sending astronauts up this week

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        yeah…right…..you get my point….

        “I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to”

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        • TarsTarkas says:

          Offensive weapons from Mars? If they launched a city-buster from Mars, how long do you think it would take to get here? How big a vehicle you would need to launch it? Not to mention building the plant to be able to launch it? It would literally be visible from Earth. You might as well send a hydrogen-filled dirigible across the Pacific. It would easily cost the whole CCP yearly budget.

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          • jnr2d2 says:

            Not practical. Not even on moon!!!!!!

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          • Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

            Agreed, far cheaper to place 10 ton tungsten rods in Earth orbit.

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          • 🍺Gunny66 says:

            I am speaking of offensive weapons used by the Chinese on Mars to:

            “Keep other countries from landing on Mars”….and interstellar weapons that could damage passing vehicles…

            They are taking over Hong Kong….next Taiwan…..you think they will share MARS

            Of course I’m not talking weapons sent from MARS to Earth…

            I can see my post did not compute….that is …..until the Chinese ….take over MARS…
            buy by then it’ll be too late…

            Alrighty ..then…

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  30. History Teaches says:

    The more this escalates, the more it should bring intensified scrutiny of all the ties between the Chicoms and the American swamp. Especially the media, academia, Hollywood, political players and big finance.

    The soft underbelly has served as a fifth column, selling out for money and power. Some just more naive but greedy, others explicitly complicit and treasonous.

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  31. MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

    This a really good article from Kyle Bass on China.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/20/interview-kyle-bass-on-the-economic-and-ideological-battle-with-communist-china/
    Kyle Bass: Yeah, people say to me, Wall Street economists will say to me, when we talk about decoupling, they will say, “Well, Kyle, that could easily cost the U.S. economy, 2 to 2.5% of GDP. That would be incredibly disruptive.” I say, “Well, they steal 2% of GDP every year in U.S. intellectual property, and they earn a return on that from every year thereon.” I said, “If we did this, it would be a net NPV [net present value] positive for U.S. companies.” They look at me, like, “Yeah, I guess that’s a good point,” or, “it doesn’t sound so hyperbolic.” People tend to think that that statement in itself is hyperbolic, but no one’s unpacked it. No one’s thought about this.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Mitchrider;
      Similarly, by slightly different methods, over the last 30 years, EU and China have ripped off America, for 500 Billion$/year.
      I THINK that adds up to a Trillion/year,, for 30 years, but my calculator doesn’t go that high.
      That doesn’t count all the OTHER countries that have been ripping us off on Trade, …JUST EU and China.

      And, we are around 30 trillion in debt.
      Coincidence?

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  32. bruzedorange says:

    Those brave, tenacious people in Hong Kong… as deserving of freedom and glory as our own 1776 forefathers. My emotions bellow, “Shoot Xi—and death to the CCP!”

    But as fellow Treepers frequently remind us, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    Raise weapons of prayer against the dark fortress that prods and energizes the CCP.

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    • Jeff C-C says:

      Prayers raised! For the belt of truth especially.

      And remember, too, what Jesus foretold in Matthew 24. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Let not our love wax cold. Not for family, friends, countrymen, not even for our enemies.

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  33. keep fighting HK and take a back from community china,

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  34. scrap1ron says:

    Xi must realize what the US and international reaction to crushing Hong Kong autonomy will result in. They will be removed from western financial markets. CCP elite investments in real estate and other assets will be confiscated for virus damages etc… Who do they believe will invest in China now?
    Is Xi in such trouble domestically that he must make an example of Hong Kong to put the fear into any domestic dissent and damn the consequences? The inscrutable CCP persona seems to be cracking.

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  35. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Winnie the Xi and the CCP henchmen are having to tighten their belts. If they want to expand, expand internally with rights. Leave it to the propaganda to declare the CCP is waiting to declare an entity list as it wants “breathing space” to negotiate with the U.S. Official relations with Taiwan now. Sorry Jimmah and Henry. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-govt-condemns-us-for-expanding-trade-blacklist

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  36. sarasotosfan says:

    The delisting of Chinese companies will certainly foretell Trump’s reaction to China’s move on Hong Kong.

    Capital is on the run in the open now.

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  37. Chuck says:

    Comparisons between the left here in the US and the CCP seem to leave out the fact that we still have our guns. HK was disarmed long ago. They actually don’t stand a chance against the government there and no amount of international outrage will change that. It never has.
    If shots are fired here, regardless of circumstance, the devastation of the left would be astonishing and overwhelming.

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  38. StanH says:

    And to think these are the fine people who make our medicines, what could possibly go wrong.

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  39. Perot Conservative says:

    Which will also hurt the citizens of Hong Kong.

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  40. 335blues says:

    Even with the ongoing sorrow of losing Hong Kong as a free territory,
    now is the best time to point out the obvious;
    the CCP never tells the truth. They had no intention of leaving Honk Kong free for 50 years.
    Lying, backstabbing, thieving, murderous mafia that exists to enrich the handful
    that makes up the leadership of the CCP. Everybody else is expendable to that aim.
    Right thinking countries of the world must band to gather to stop doing all business
    with china so as to destroy their economy, and drive the CCP from power.
    And we must do it now.

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    • scrap1ron says:

      The CCP and the Uni-Party have much in common, eh? I wonder if they communicate with each other?

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    • Dutchman says:

      They hold over 1 million political prisoners, in order to have a large enough organ donor bank, that they are guaranteed a match, if one of the CCP or family members needs an organ.

      WHY isn’t that the END of the conversation, on having ANYTHING to do with CCP?

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      • Maquis says:

        Agreed.
        I’m of the thought that most of the Fulan Gong and other target groups are already DNA sampled and tissue-typed via “routine” medical functions whether they are currently in Club Dead or still at large though obviously on an extremely short Goolag leash.

        I bet this Plandemic bit did not go overlooked as a manner of expanding their genetic inventory.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Certainly addresses one problem China has, and they aren’t the only ones; too many old, non-productive members of society, to be supported by the young, productive ones.

          For them, its a result of one child policy, but Japan, U.S. and many European countries face the same problem.

          More broadly, in the U.S. it is said 90% of our medical care $ go to 10% of “chronically ill” patients. The old are a LOT of this, but also younger, with asthma, copd, diabetes and heart conditions.

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          • Maquis says:

            I’m on that list of myself, and yes, I do find it remarkably curious how well targeted this virus appears to be and well suited for just such a “utopian” task.

            Still, this is almost a trial-run it seems, a feint as it were to determine how frailly we respond.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Me, too. Yes, one of my concerns is they next release a virus, that really IS deadly, and an awful lot of people are “Fool me once,..I ain’t going for no lock down, again!”

              And, I have wondered if not only all that PDJT has done, but that he has ‘touted’ in the briefings wasn’t aimed directly at CCP.

              “SEE, we can make a bunch of ventlilators, really quick and now will have them stockpiled.

              We can throw up hospitals in convention centers, in days.

              We can develop accurate tests, and roll them out in quantities, quickly.

              This is like pointing out how many new carriers, jets and tanks we have.

              Its “the best defence, is a good offence”, peace thru strength”, and hopefully says to CCP “Don’t even THINK about it!”
              And, hopefully they get the message!

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              • Maquis says:

                That thought really undercuts the “Trump was played” crowd, and is far more likely in light of his genuine genius and Heaven’s hand. Amazing times!

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Yes, would be more like ‘we’re ALL being “played” and it ain’t over yet.
                  If “Trump was played”, so was every other World leader…I hope the World is waking up to the reality there is no evil act the enemy is unwilling to commit in their lust for power.

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      • BitterC says:

        How come the Moslem world is letting China do this without any pushback?

        Must admit, China doesn’t seem to have any issues with Islamic terrorism

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        • Dutchman says:

          Actually, China DID get some push, initially. Horrific terrorist attack, several years ago.
          IIRC, it involved vehicles and knives, but I can’t recall the details.
          In the bigger picture, many are confused by this. Another example is the American left, embracing LBGTQ, and islamaphobia in the same breath.

          Both islamic extreamism and Conmunism are CONS; the ideological rhetoric is just like the street patter of the con artist, running a 3 card monte scam (you know, “find the queen”).
          The patter is an essential part of the con, as it distracts the victim (mark).
          The ideology of both is meaningless; BOTH islamic extreamism and Conmunism have the same goal: to CON enough people, for just long enough, to put the con artists in power.
          Everything in Iran is run by the mullahs; the “means of production” for food, etc. All sorts of companies are owned outright, by the “Republican guard”.
          Just as Conmunism makes the State the religion, Islamic extremeism makes the religion the State.
          So, two sides of the same coin, both false Gods/false ideology.

          Think of two groups of con artists, each running their cons, and they interact.
          Because they are con artists, each instantly recognises the other for what they truly are.

          A look in the eye, a forefinger to the nose, and understandibg forged; we see what YOU are doing, you see what WE are doing.
          We won’t expose YOUR con, you don’t expose ours, and we BOTH “Carry on”.

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  41. Caius Lowell says:

    Wuhan virus? CCP virus!

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  42. jay says:

    2020 is turning out to be a big bad China ‘boom.’ Enough already.

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  43. RAC says:

    With the chicom flu damaging the world, if it starts jackboot tactics with HK it could easily become a pariah except with leftish countries.
    By my very rough figuring the US has around four time the gold reserves of china and just over twice that of china and russia combined. How well would they manage if they were shunned by the free world.

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  44. crikey9 says:

    And the goal of the Plandemic is revealed

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    • Maquis says:

      FTA: “The entire Western world will not follow the US. China is a huge market and the US is unable to provide enough compensation to offset the losses if Western countries become alienated from China. Values still have a strong appeal, but they cannot replace the fundamental interests of a country in pursuit of development. Besides, China has not intervened in the way of life of Western countries. Taking sides based on values at a disproportionate economic cost is not supposed to be the logic of international relations in the 21st century.”

      Unpacking the lies in that conclusion is a task worthy of Sundance.
      Zerohedge says it’s spot-on though…

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  45. JohninMK says:

    The US is doing all it can to cripple China’s ambitions and economic power. It would have been pretty clear to Beijing that it was inevitable that one of the next pressure points that the US would seek to apply on China would be Hong Kong’s status and that the US would no doubt be clinical and ruthless about maximizing their position including stirring up the locals. Indeed Congress has already passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on the subject.

    The Chinese see the various UK and US organisations operating in HK as those who are in their eyes responsible for said stirring up trouble. A situation that was only going to get worse. A situation brought to a head every time the Chinese tried to implement the up to now unimplemented clause in the 1997 agreement with the UK that would have banned such organisations.

    So they have decided to bite the bullet and preempt any possible move by the US. No doubt in full knowledge of what the US might do.

    Just feel sorry for all those Chinese in HK who have been led to believe by the UK/US that their special status in China could exist for ever.

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    • Jase says:

      With respect, implying the the US has ‘forced’ China to assert its sovereignty in Hong Kong is complete and rubber rubbish.
      The deal with UK granted HK autonomy for 50 years. That China managed to last just over 20 years before reneging on that deal is a miracle in itself.
      The US/UK simply asked China to abide by an agreement it signed up to. China and only China is at fault here.

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      • jnr2d2 says:

        Please not that most Hong Kong people are Cantoneses NOT HAN!

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        • A2 says:

          Cantonese is the dialect. They are ‘Han’ Chinese, not an ethnic minority. In fact they claim longer historical antecedents than northerners. Don’t get me started on the great debate.
          😀

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  46. Todd says:

    Zerohedge… If this is indeed the fundamental position of China’s leadership re Covid-19 which just “slipped” through in an op-ed written by a state-owned newspaper – that the US’ own fight with the pandemic has left it too weak to respond to foreign policy challenges – it would provide China with a convenient motive to make sure the pandemic which started in Wuhan goes global and cripples any ability by the US to oppose China’s imminent intervention in Hong Kong.

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  47. Todd says:

    I feel war is inevitable… the world has been attacked.

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  48. It is strange, to me, that RT has nothing on the ticker about this.

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  49. jonhabart says:

    China is in a terrible position. They may have leveled the playing field by infecting the rest of the world but the backlash and lack of empathy they are facing now will result in nothing but increasing pain regardless of how they choose to proceed.

    The end of the CCP is almost inevitable at this point.

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