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Hong Kong leader apologizes for extradition law turmoil

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Too little too late. A wolf in Lam's clothing. She still intends to pass the law.

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Money is already moving out of Hong kong. Singapore is busy raking it in. The writing is on the wall. The leaders in Beijing want to crush Hong Kong into just another provincial Chinese city.

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Her promises sound a lot like Teresa May and Brexit.

And by promises

I mean lies.

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A token apology because she is a puppet of the mainland, and just trying to carry out orders that she supports.

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Pray for the people of Hong Kong. They are fighting for values we used to uphold and staunchly defend in the United States. I admire that they are making a firm stand while knowing the arm of Beijing is long and ruthless. This takes great courage and sacrifice.

A repulsive woman and her phony apology. She must go and she knows it.

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Insincere, she is definitely not an actress material.

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Amidst the frenzy from 100s of thousands -maybe millions- of protesters, Carrie Lam who's Hong Kongs chairwoman declares a deferment of the proffered extradition law that would have granted expatriation of Hong Kong denizen to authorities in China.

Chairwoman Lam made amends for the way her administration managed the proposition but she ended up not taking everything off the table with this dubitable law. The causal sequence of the proposition itself now calls into doubt of Hong Kong's autonomy. With high probability, I prognosticate that sooner rather than later Red Dragon (China) takes a constricted grip.

Presently Hong Kong is not exposed to the same economic ramifications between China-US trade conflict. So long Hong Kong is treated "autonomous" then they remain disconnected from America's tariffs and other directed maneuvers at Beijing. But if the CCP breeches the progressively unsettled obstacles, and legal as well as judicial systems designed to accommodate that autonomy - well, then the circumstance could alter. By degrees, Hong Kong is insubstantial.

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"Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen in mainland China under the terms of its 1997 handover from Britain to China."

What freedom ? Freedom to make trouble ? Without the freedom of sovereignty, HK would be still under colonization control.

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CCP breeches the progressively unsettled obstacles, and legal as well as judicial systems designed to accommodate that autonomy

If CCP does that, HK will be treated just like any other port in China. No tax exemption and a lot of materials cannot enter HK, etc. I think the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Acts." is about to get to US Congress - not too sure it still is. But, it is a very scene that both Republican and Democratic parties are pushing for it. If it passed (very likely), it will put HK to significant disadvantage.

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This embroilment is such a bad timing for President Xi Jinping because many in the global community is starting to controvert the proportion of damage which is upticking to higher probability than ever before as a result of the current China-America trade conflict.

Current US administration is implementing extensive economic encumbrance consequent to Beijing in an endeavor to compel a "lock stock and barrel" reestablishment of the trade stipulations that will have worldwide connotations. Current moves by the US administration have axiomatically impaired the supply chain stance of China who is reliant on acquisition/import of tech systems as well as significantly on raw materials.

As for geopolitical repercussion, China immediately threatened any organization that would

contemplate a divorce with the Red Dragon. While at the same time China is burning tremendous hefty amounts of money to countervail any tariff burden and also to protect their manufacturing conditions via subsidy.

Investment shifts for manufacturing are already progressing towards Japan, S Korea, Philippines, Vietnam as well as other ASEAN countries that are alternative destinations. Massive amounts of capital outflows out of Hong Kong is heading out to more stable and safe financial institutions in Singapore and Tokyo.

Chairman Xi's current predicament is getting worse and worse each day and America's economic tactical and strategic initial moves has only started the consequence stage.

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HK's prosperity depends on China, not on any other nations. A matured HK is a true civilized HK.

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Red Dragon has never encounter a structural economic confrontation so wholly exhaustive and concurrently far-reaching consequential. Trump is methodically dismantling internal structures of China's central planning that's been going on for decades. The most interesting part of this is that the worst is yet to come that CCP has no idea how to anticipate.

The typical predictive backlash from China is to drop their friendly but duplicitous panda mask and transform into Red Dragon which is the version of their authoritarian nature. Be that as it may, until presently China has only encountered in-house interior challenges and issues to their systems internally...

However Trump is utilizing extraneous pressure, extrinsic challenges, and China is finding out when they discharge the Red Dragon authoritarian modus operandi into an external worldwide market that's injurious and unfavorable to China's instability, the economic system don't accede. Rather with more threats and dissension the freedom loving West reciprocates by sparsely terminating the relationship.

China, culturally, doesn't have any frame of reference, to comprehend this dynamic. Economic structured entities and ideologies derived from freedom/capitalist markets is same as free people (i.e. Hong Kongers)... where neither like to be controlled nor threatened by despotic regimes.

I don't know about others but if you have a fine grasp of the big picture here at play, then you should see this as remarkable but also devastating on how momentous this is in the bigger picture dynamic.

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What freedom ? Freedom to make trouble ?

Yes, freedom to make trouble. It's quite liberating. If you're lucky, you'll have that freedom in your lifetime, when the people of China inevitably upend their oppressive system.

Without the freedom of sovereignty, HK would be still under colonization control.

'Sovereignty'? Good one! They'd take colonial control right now. I don't remember a quarter of the population coming out against the British. (you wouldn't have seen that on your TV I'm afraid). The people of HK, like Taiwan, have evolved beyond the intellectual constraints of China.

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theFu, have you ever vote ? Vote the one good for peace, for prosperity, and for happiness ?

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ClippetyClop, HK is a part of China, that is why she is vibrant, informed, and educated. HK is no special in that regard, all Chinese are educated and informed.

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Akie, you're just full of gems today. The people of Hong Kong not bowing down and accepting the greatness of their dear leader Xi must really be making your handlers sweat.

ClippetyClop, HK is a part of China, that is why she is vibrant, informed, and educated. HK is no special in that regard, all Chinese are educated and informed.

Except that Hong Kong became that way under colonial rule...

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Some people must have forgotten the good ole days when Chinese mainlanders escaping to HK (under British ruling) at the time.

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What freedom ? Freedom to make trouble ?

That's some extremely deeply ingrained propaganda instilled by an authority that never wants to be questioned.

Without the freedom of sovereignty, HK would be still under colonization control.

Hong Kong was far better off under "colonial control" given is was far freer than it has been since the CCP wrapped its repugnant tentacles around it in 1997.

It really is fascinating to read your posts and interact with you.

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Seeing the people out in the streets, fighting for their rights, is something that makes me feel like I haven't felt in years. Hope. Millions of people. The videos are insane, when you see the massive flows of people that just don't stop.

It must feel both scary and amazing for the people. When they come through this, they are going to be tight and unified.

And they will come through this. Respect to the people of HK.

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The minority used violence against normal democratic process, that wasn't right. If people really respect rule of laws and democracy, they should participate in a normal discussion, not street fight.

Freedom doesn't mean to disrupt normal life and destroy public properties.

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ClippetyClop, HK is a part of China, that is why she is vibrant, informed, and educated. HK is no special in that regard, all Chinese are educated and informed.

Except that Hong Kong became that way under colonial rule...

Nice one.

Seeing the people out in the streets, fighting for their rights, is something that makes me feel like I haven't felt in years. Hope. Millions of people. The videos are insane, when you see the massive flows of people that just don't stop. And they will come through this. Respect to the people of HK.

Absolutely, something we can only dream about in Japan regardless of what the LDP daimyo overloards do.

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The minority used violence against normal democratic process, that wasn't right. If people really respect rule of laws and democracy, they should participate in a normal discussion, not street fight.

Only in your world would a mass protest be considered a 'street fight'. Repugnant.

Freedom doesn't mean to disrupt normal life and destroy public properties.

Now there's something I can agree on. The normal lives of these protestors in Hong Kong shouldn't be disrupted by the Communist Chinese government trying to oppress them. If Xi and his cronies would just leave them alone, all 2 million of them could go back to their normal lives.

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