Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

From press freedom to the judicial system, Beijing is seeking to erode the traditional political rights that once made Hong Kong the only free Chinese city.



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...The big picture: Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement has already been crushed, but the city's institutions are not yet as compliant as those in mainland China.

- - - In 2020, Chinese authorities imposed tough national security legislation on Hong Kong that gave local authorities sweeping powers to detain and arrest people for broadly defined national security charges, making it nearly impossible for residents to push back against widening government repression.

What's happening: Hong Kong authorities are reshaping the city's judicial system to ensure a guilty verdict for pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who is on trial for "colluding with foreign forces" under the national security law, The Wire China reports....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-24 01:51 PM | Reply

In case you haven't realized it yet. Hong Kong IS China.

#2 | Posted by wolfdog at 2023-01-25 01:41 PM | Reply

Sino-British Joint Declaration

...The Sino-British Joint Declaration is a treaty between the of the United Kingdom and China signed in 1984 setting the conditions in which Hong Kong was transferred to Chinese control and for the governance of the territory after 1 July 1997.

Hong Kong had been a colony of the British Empire since 1842 after the First Opium War and its territory was expanded on two occasions; first in 1860 with the addition of Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutters Island, and again in 1898 when Britain obtained a 99-year lease for the New Territories. The date of the handover in 1997 marked the end of this lease.

The Chinese government declared in the treaty its basic policies for governing Hong Kong after the transfer. A special administrative region would be established in the territory that would be self-governing with a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign affairs and defence. Hong Kong would maintain its existing governing and economic systems separate from that of mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems". This blueprint would be elaborated on in the Hong Kong Basic Law (the post-handover regional constitution) and the central government's policies for the territory were to remain unchanged for a period of 50 years after 1997.

China has stated since 2014 that it considers the treaty to be spent with no further legal effect, while the United Kingdom maintains that the document remains binding in operation. Following China's 2020 imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong and a 2021 National People's Congress decision to approve a rework of local election laws that reduces the number of regional legislature seats elected by the public, the UK has declared China as being in a "state of ongoing non-compliance" with the Joint Declaration. ...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-25 02:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 | Posted by LampLighter

YippyChihuahua doesn't recognize the treaty.

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2023-01-25 04:36 PM | Reply

I think the Brits have a good case, but what legal body can enforce it? I think the Chinese are living by the old saying:

"Covenants without swords are but words"

#5 | Posted by shane at 2023-01-26 10:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In case you haven't realized it yet. Hong Kong IS China."

Did anybody ask Hong Kong how they feel about that?
Or does that only matter in Eastern Ukraine...

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-26 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh...we all know how they feel. The rich have already left, and the peons have stayed behind. It's typical capitalist "Trickle-Down!" and "One up on YOU!".

#7 | Posted by wolfdog at 2023-01-26 01:41 PM | Reply


#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2023-01-26 04:05 PM | Reply

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