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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Time and again, the US unlawfully meddles in the internal affairs of other countries it seeks to control as client states.

House and Senate members unanimously adopted the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 by voice vote.

The certain to become US law is unrelated to supporting democracy and human rights, notions the vast majority in Washington abhor and tolerate nowhere.

China’s official People’s Daily broadsheet slammed the unacceptable measure, saying it’s all about legislating support for (CIA recruited) hooligans involved in months of violence, vandalism and chaos in Hong Kong.

“The rioters and radicals paralyzed the city’s traffic, set fire to facilities at universities, and caused the death of a 70-year-old street cleaner,” the broadsheet stressed, adding:

“Over the past five months, violence has gone rampant as rioters and radicals vandalized public property, hurt and even killed civilians, assaulted Hong Kong legislators, and left a trail of fire around the city.”

“Turning a blind eye, individual US senators pushed for the bill, supporting the rioters.”

“The bill (supports) violence. (It) pays no attention to whether Hong Kong residents could express their opinions freely, earn a living safely, and go to schools and work without fear.”

China’s Global Times (GT) slammed the measure, calling it the “Support KH Violence Act,” siding with thuggish rioters against the rule of law and rights of all city residents, opposing efforts by Hong Kong authorities to restore order.

Beijing has been remarkably restrained, letting city security forces handle things.

What can’t go on forever, won’t. Months of CIA-orchestrated violence and vandalism greatly harmed Hong Kong’s economy and desrupted normal life for its residents.

GT denounced the congressional measure as unacceptably meddling in China’s affairs in breach of international law, stressing:

The bill “trampl(es) (on) the basic norms of international law and international relations,” escalating US “cold war with China,” what Beijing won’t tolerate, adding:

“The Chinese government will fully protect its national interests and the stakes of various countries in Hong Kong under the framework of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law, fighting malicious and destructive steps against Hong Kong taken by US hawks.”  

According to GT, Beijing may respond to the measure by “sanction(ing) (US officials who proposed the bill), restrict their entry into China, and investigate their interests in China.”

Its authorities may also “enact a ‘blocking statute,’ warning US authorities not to abuse or enforce the bill.” 

“Otherwise stringent sanctions will be imposed on officials concerned.”

“Protection (may be) provided to Hong Kong and mainland officials who may be subject to US sanctions as part of the bill.” 

“(F)irm support (will likely be given) to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to punish rioters who undermine human rights and democratic order in Hong Kong,” adding:

Hostile US actions “moved from a trade war to a new cold war, and the two risk (a) Thucydides trap.”

Around 2,400 years ago, the Greek historian warned about the risk of war because of an established power’s fear of a rising one. 

US rage for unchallenged dominance is humanity’s greatest threat, risking possible nuclear war in pursuit of its hostile imperial aims.

A Final Comment

Sino/US trade talks remain at impasse over unacceptable Trump regime demands, the Wall Street Journal saying:

“(A) limited ‘phase one’ pact (is) threaten(ed). Both sides remain divided over core issues” despite the White House claiming an “agreement in principle” was reached last month.

Beijing agreed to large-scale US agricultural purchases without indicating a specific dollar amount, the volume to be based on internal needs.

China demands the Trump regime roll back unacceptable tariffs that never should have been imposed in the first place.

Hardliners in charge of negotiations with China want them remaining in place to assure what’s agreed on by its officials is fulfilled.

According to the Journal, “there have been few signs of progress” in resolving differences between both sides.

A limited phase one deal is still likely in the weeks or months ahead despite the current impasse. 

Major irreconcilable differences remain unresolved, issues cutting to the heart of China’s longterm development strategy it surely won’t abandon or compromise on to please Washington.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.