Issue of Hong Kong marginalized in Sino-US ties

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/4 22:58:40

On May 3, the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China held a hearing in Washington on the implementation of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong. Martin Lee Chu-ming, founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, student activist Joshua Wong and Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee turned up at the hearing. Hong Kong's last British governor, Chris Patten, joined them via video stream.

Wong uttered the attention-grabbing words that the "one country, two systems" model will be turned into "one country, one system" eventually. Mainstream Hong Kong society is furious about these people's attendance at the US hearing.

The issues of Hong Kong and so-called human rights have become marginalized in Sino-US relations. The administration of US President Donald Trump has not even mentioned them when dealing with Beijing.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told State Department employees in a speech on Wednesday that pushing human rights abroad "creates obstacles" to US interests. Sometimes, values have to take a back seat to economic interests or national security, he noted. Apparently, the US is a bit tired of its diplomatic maneuvering on human rights issues.

There are too many committees in the US Congress and lawmakers have to pick something to do their job, with hearings about human rights becoming the easiest ruse as it is considered politically correct.

People like Wong are fanning new flames in the US. But such hearings are politically insignificant. They can neither affect the policies of the US government nor create waves in Hong Kong. Most mainstream US media did not even bother to report it. It is just a fuss made by some local Hong Kong media.

The Hong Kong government is obliged to solve Hong Kong's own issues. When it is out of the local government's reach, the central government will come to help. The West lacks the legality, resources and strength to manage Hong Kong affairs. Some Westerners always make indiscreet remarks or criticisms about Hong Kong, but these only have limited impact. They are reduced to playing dirty ideological tricks.

From the Occupy Central movement to the failure of its political reforms, Hong Kong had experienced the most chaotic times. The central government has also adapted to the changes.

But Hong Kong continues to develop. The extreme opposition forces failed to put pressure on China by messing up Hong Kong. The law will bring them to account, and Hong Kong affairs will develop in a virtuous manner.

Perhaps this is how the "one country, two systems" model functions. Hong Kong needs to develop in a diverse and free environment. The country also needs development. People like Wong will continue to make trouble, but if they bring actual harm to the country, the law will have the final say.

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