HONG KONG — No amount of outcry, condemnation or sanctions over the Chinese government’s purported encroachment in Hong Kong’s affairs will alter the fact that Hong Kong is part of China and that its destiny is intertwined with the mainland’s.
Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of crises after the eruption of protests last year over a proposed bill (long since withdrawn) that would have allowed the extradition of some suspects in criminal cases to mainland China.
Hong Kongers who wanted the city promptly to return to peace thought the authorities’ handling of the situation, which dragged on for months and grew more and more violent, was incompetent. For other locals, many outsiders and apparently much of the global media, a people’s legitimate quest for more democracy was being suppressed.
Something had to be done, and the Chinese authorities did it.
The scale and frequency of antigovernment protests has now subsided — thanks to a national security law for Hong Kong promulgated in Beijing on June 30.
Several prominent democracy advocates have since announced their retirement from politics, disbanded their parties or fled the city.
It's very dogmatic propaganda for sure. I understand it's an Opinion, but why in the world would the NYT be so far up China's ass to give them such a platform?I thought at first this was written as a defeatist "Hong Kong can't stop China no matter how hard we try" type story, but then I saw Regina Ip wrote it.
Anyone still questioning China's motives?
Here’s What Could Happen If China Invaded Taiwan
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A Chinese military training complex in Inner Mongolia, shown in this satellite image taken on Sept. 29, includes full-scale replicas of targets such as Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building.
Source: Satellite image 2020 Maxar Technologies
I know from reading that we've done similar things for practicing raiding POW compounds during Vietnam and other high risk ops, but they weren't usually built out in the open (at least not when satellites were overhead).
Almost like they want you to see it.
Or like when he sent a SR-71 over North Korea to do figure-8s with sonic booms over a meeting of communist officials, just to let them know that we knew they were there.I recall reading a story about Reagan, how he wanted a subtle 'show' during the Cold War in the early 80s, so had a US sub pop up somewhere close to a Soviet fleet, then submerge and disappear. I think sometimes 'hiding' those not-so-subtle messages in the open sends a HUGE message.
I disagree with the mansplain comment. I just don't see it. Mark has a point too. As shitty as the answer is, there's no action behind the response she's looking for. If the NBA condemns them, will Apple? Nike? They're just words.Mark Cuban mansplaining his and the NBA's stance on China to Megyn Kelly.
Mark is way off base. He said she doesn't know what she's talking about but he certainly doesn't either or is just unwilling to be truthful about it. His "solution" was to allow more asylum seekers here. That's ridiculous and we don't have the resources to accommodate that many people. Change must occur in China but he doesn't want to risk losing that customer. It's that simple.I disagree with the mansplain comment. I just don't see it. Mark has a point too. As shitty as the answer is, there's no action behind the response she's looking for. If the NBA condemns them, will Apple? Nike? They're just words.