Hong Kong

Taiwan Landslide Signals Bull Market for Democracy

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Trump broke the code, as he has done with so many things, and called Tsai to congratulate her when she won her first presidential election in 2016, an act of de facto recognition. This decision to back democracy on the president’s part was echoed this weekend by his immediate tweet of support—in English and Farsi—for the Iran protestors seeking freedom from their despotic government. (Obama, you may recall, was reluctant to do the same during a previous round of demonstrations.) The year 2020 has begun well for supporters of democracy. Iran and China have been bastions of totalitarianism for decades. Maybe this will be the year we will see that break apart. Stranger things have happened.

Hong Kong’s Example Hangs Over Taiwan’s Election

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Taiwan is holding its presidential election on Jan. 11. Should you, the American reader, be interested? Yes; Reason: China. We all know what’s been going on in Hong Kong—nonstop physically and emotionally demanding protest demonstrations to preserve their autonomy from China. This would be under the “one nation, two systems” agreed upon when the British left, a structure which, incidentally, China’s leader Xi Jinping recently offered to Taiwan as an “inducement” to come aboard. Some inducement. Incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen is the favorite for reelection and Tsai wants to keep as far from the PRC as possible and the electorate appears to agree—or so I am also told.

In Hong Kong, It’s Now Us Vs. The Chinese

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Some questions before we declare our solidarity with the protesters engaging the Hong Kong police. If the police crush them, or if China’s army moves in and crushes the demonstrators whose hopes were raised by America’s declared solidarity, then what are we prepared to do to save them and their cause? Are we willing to impose sanctions on Beijing, such as we have on Venezuela, Iran and Russia? Some of us yet recall how the Voice of America broadcast to the Hungarian rebels of 1956 that if they rose up and threw the Russians out, we would be at their side. The Hungarians rose up. We did nothing. And one of the great bloodbaths of the Cold War ensued. Are we telling the protesters of Hong Kong, “We’ve got your back!” when we really don’t?

How Long Before Hong Kong Suffers Bloody Communist Crackdown?

Demands by Hong Kong citizens for freedom and government accountability represent an existential threat to the system of social credit-imposed conformity that now undergirds Communist Chinese society. The United States must be prepared to confront the Communist Chinese strongly and firmly if and when the much-anticipated crackdown comes.

Digital Tyrants Enable Political Tyrants

The internet was once hailed as the ultimate channel for free expression and democratizing the world, but the worldwide web’s promise of unlimited free expression is being quickly eroded by the alliance between political tyrants anxious to retain their power and digital tyrants anxious to retain their power – and make money.

Continuing Crack Down in Hong Kong Risks China’s International Reputation

Plenty of Hong Kong residents oppose independence, or at least the pursuit of independence against the PRC’s wishes. But they also believe in allowing people to express their views freely. Going after those deemed disrespectful toward China would be a nightmare.

If China Wants to Lead the World, it must Trust Its Own People

People who do not trust those who govern are unlikely to embrace the government. Beijing cannot compel genuine loyalty.