Hong Kong: One City, Two Problems

The situation in Hong Kong has continued to heat up over the past few months, and does not show signs of burning out( burning down is more likely). And I believe there are two relevant problems with Hong Kong situation: The first one is about Hong Kongers and their freedom, the second is Chinese Government influence over foreign companies and citizens.

Regarding Hong Kong’s freedoms, this situation seems unlikely to end well. The British essentially handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese Communist Party back in 1997. According to Britannica.com, the agreement to hand over Hong Kong was signed in 1984:

“The agreement stipulated that under Chinese rule the HKSAR would enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in matters of foreign relations and defense, and that the social and economic systems as well as the lifestyle in Hong Kong would remain unchanged for 50 years after 1997″

Regardless of the exact time frame, it seems inevitable that Hong Kong will have to submit or fight an insurgency against Beijing… unless the CCP would allow Hong Kong to enjoy the “One Country, Two Systems” situation indefinitely, which is highly unlikely.

With the British signing over the governing claims to Hong Kong, I do not see a legitimate way for the United States to get involved in this matter, except for moral or vocal support. Though financial or economic sanctions could probably be used.

The other situation regarding Hong Kong is not really about Hong Kong, but is about the extent of Chinese control over foreign companies and citizens, especially people not living in China. This is connected with Hong Kong because speaking about happens to be Beijings trigger to cutting people out of the Chinese market(at the moment). However, the trigger to ban people and companies from China could come from any number of situations.

As the U.S. public has now seen with the NBA, Apple, and LeBron James: companies and people outside of China must abide by China’s speech rules if they will be allowed to continue doing business within China. Obviously this is problematic because China’s limits on speech are much more harsh and arbitrary compared to Western standards. Therefore companies that want the Chinese market will have to enforce speech codes directed from Beijing on to U.S. and other non-Chinese citizens.

Thus the current situation with Hong Kong remains complex, and is tied to multiple issues not directly related to Hong Kong.

Let me know what you think, comment below!

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