The Law of Unintended Consequences
By Pounding on Hong Kong, Xi Is Losing Taiwan
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Chinese never meant to honor their word to give Hong Kong democracy. It was a sop to the UK, to grease the way for China’s take over of Hong Kong.

    • Andrew Allison

      While it’s true that the Chinese never intended to give Hong Kong democracy, the simple fact is that HK and the New Territories were leased from China by the UK, and the lease expired. “One country two systems” was a sop to the locals, not the UK.

      • carlisimo

        Many Hong Kongers say it was primarily a sop to Taiwan, to try to convince them to “come back to the fold.”

        • MMinCC

          Taiwan was never “in the fold” At no time in it’s history was it ever part of Communist China.

          • carlisimo

            Agreed, hence the quotation marks. But that’s how the Chinese see it, and I was talking about what their intent was.

          • MMinCC

            Gotcha-thanks

        • Andrew Allison

          I think that if that had been the case the Chinese would have been much less heavy-handed in Hong Kong. Incidentally, I was reminded by the UK PM’s statement today that the agreement between the UK and the Chinese government guaranteed “two systems” until 2047.

  • Jenna

    China can never lose what it never had (Taiwan). And this isn’t a sudden change – the people of Taiwan didn’t want to be annexed before, and they don’t want it now. Before the protests there was still a solid societal consensus that there should not be any unification, and the people have leaned pro-independence over unification (if “status quo” is not an option) for some time now, if not always.

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