Summary: On January 28, Martin Lee, founding member of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, said in Taiwan that he was sure that “if Hongkongers have democracy, they will not engage themselves in HK independence.” In a sense, Martin Lee is right, for if China had left HK alone, the HK Independence movement would not have thrived there. Now 17.4 % of Hongkongers support independence, according to a CUHK poll. “A handful of people, an extremely small group, now advocate independence,” Lee went on. “Actually, HK independence was vigorously promoted by C.Y. Leung [former HK Chief Executive who ruthless suppressed HK localism and denounced a book on HK independence], and some people followed suit,” Lee claimed. “It’s created by the Communist Party.” Indeed, Mr. Lee has time and again suggested that HK separatists are spies sent by the CCP, without giving any concrete evidence. The fact, however, remains that more than 90 HK localists have been arrested and over 31 of them given lengthy prison sentences. According to Lee, why the Taiwanese are not interested in One Country Two Systems is because HK has no genuine democracy. But the gravest current problem of HK is total colonization by China rather than lack of democracy. Since 1997, China has been infiltrating every area of HK, including politics, finance, media, culture, education, etc, just as China has placed operatives in all domains of USA, according to Vice-President Mike Pence. The number of new immigrants from China since the handover has exceeded 1 million.
On January 28, upon The Friends of Hong and Macau Association, Martin Lee, founding member of the HK Democratic Party, delivered a speech on the problems faced by the implementation of The One Country Two Systems in Hong Kong.
17.4% of Hongkongers Support Independence
In a sense, Martin Lee is right for if China had complied with the One Country Two Systems principle, there would have been no space of survival for any independence movement in HK, in view of the fact that most Hongkongers are so afraid of troubles. However, the amount of HK separatists is far more than just a handful. According to a poll released by The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey in July 2016, 17.4 percent somewhat supported or strongly supported independence for Hong Kong.
More than 90 HK Localists Arrested
On different occasions, Mr. Lee has time and again either denounced or insinuated HK pro-independence elements as spies sent by the Chinese Communist Party without giving any concrete evidence. The fact, however, remains that more than more than 90 HK localists have been arrested and over 31 of them given lengthy prison sentences. For example, Edward Leung Tin-kei, former spokesman of HK Indigenous, is now serving a prison sentence of six years for taking part in the 2016 Lunar New Year Mongkok Police-civilian Clash, and Chan Wo-cheung, a 72-year-old ordinary citizen sympathizing with localism has been sent to jail for 41 months.
Gravest Issue of HK is Colonization by China rather than Lack of Democracy
The worst problem of Hong Kong now is total colonization by China rather than lack of democracy. After 1997, and especially since 2014, China has been endeavoring to infiltrate and manipulate Hong Kong in an all-round manner — politically, financially, academically, culturally, legalistically, media-wise, etc. — in much the same way as China has aggressively placed operatives in every domain of the American society, according to FBI director Christopher Wray, Hoover Institute scholars, and Vice-President Mike Pence. Since the handover, the number of new China immigrants to HK has exceeded one million. According to Stan Hok-Wui Wong, Ngok Ma and Wai-man Lam (2018), new immigrants from China tend to vote for pro-Beijing candidates. Moreover, the HK Government has used the law to disqualify any dissident lawmakers or candidates they dislike. When the proportion of new China immigrants reaches the breaking point, and when the HK Communist Government’s brain-washing process in HK schools is completed, only pro-Beijing candidates will get elected, even if Beijing allows HK to have universal suffrage.
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