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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 08:36
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Chinese intervention in Hong Kong would be a 'catastrophe', Patten says

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8 hours ago, zydeco said:

Beware the Chinabots.

Truly pathetic. Are you taking your ball home kid?

4 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

Good point, but there is a way to hit Beijing without affecting the broader economy much. A few years ago there were a strategy outlining what could be done to contain China's expansion in the South China sea.

The idea was to sanction all companies that have been involved in building the islands, which of course all are big state owned enterprises.

Anything from steel manufactures, cement producers, ship yards, shipping companies and even airlines.

Without access to international banking these companies would not be able to operate outside China.

As you said, a few years ago. Since then the AIIB opened with 100 of the worlds countries invested in it. Who opened it? China.

3 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

So Western media is just doing what the Chinese state sponsored propaganda machine is doing 7 days a week all year around. Don't the CCP like their own medicine?

China media (who nobody reads anyway) are saying bad stuff about China?

2 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

Is this like when the Guardian drew those pictures of artillery and aircraft on satellite pics of the SCS islands? 'Look, this could go there and this fits there.' There's a PLA garrison in Hong Kong, has been since the handover. Don't you think that someone may have noticed them driving in? I mean, they aren't exactly unobtrusive are they? Maybe they had cam nets on to blend in with iSquare Mall.

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13 hours ago, Brickbat said:

Says the Clown that was in charge of Interfering while he was Governor of a land that did not belong to the British 

Nonsense. Hong Kong was leased by the Chinese to the British and when the lease expired Patten did an excellent job of negotiating a peaceful handover, with a 50 year buffer before China took full control. Only the Chinese couldn't wait that long.

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4 minutes ago, roquefort said:

Nonsense. Hong Kong was leased by the Chinese to the British and when the lease expired Patten did an excellent job of negotiating a peaceful handover, with a 50 year buffer before China took full control. Only the Chinese couldn't wait that long.

So what has changed since 1998?

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7 minutes ago, Traubert said:

So what has changed since 1998?

Nothing, except the provision for election of HK's Chief Executive by universal suffrage has never been implemented. That was what triggered the Umbrella protests in 2014 and is the root of the current unrest.

The protests began after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) issued a decision regarding proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system. The decision was widely seen to be highly restrictive, and tantamount to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s pre-screening of the candidates for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong

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