Communist China has flaunted its military muscle again in a propaganda footage of PLA troops drilling in its Hong Kong garrison as more western hardliners are condemning its brutality against protesters in the territory.
Military intervention in Hong Kong would be a “catastrophe”, former governor Chris Patten said on Tuesday in the BBC Radio 4’s Today program , adding that the former colony was “close to the abyss” because its Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to withdraw the controversial extradition bill and have an independent inquiry into the police’s excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators.
Patten defied the CCP dictatorship, saying “I think there is a degree of frustration and anger at the government refusing to give any sensible ground at all, which probably provokes more violence. ”
Patten has urged the newly-elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be “more outspoken” in putting pressure on Beijing.
On August 13, Kyle bass, the noted hedge fund manager who has been monitoring Hong Kong’s financial markets closely, assured in his latest comments that “PLA is moving in Hong Kong and brutalizing the protesters”.
In his interview on “Balance of Power” with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Kyle Bass said “Hong Kong protests are Beijing’s worst nightmare”.
One day ago, Kyle Bass tweeted, “The right of self-government Hong Kong is clearly no longer ‘Autonomous’; US should immediately help the people of HK fight against the CCP.”
As there has been a call for collective withdrawal of cash from Hong Kong banks, Kyle Bass said if 4-5% of Hong Kongers take their money out at the same time, Hong Kong’s financial system will collapse.
Another hard-liner Robert Spalding, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who has a focus on national security in East Asia and the Pacific, is sure that “Chinese military will eventually break up the Hong Kong protests” when he discussed the tensions in Hong Kong with CNBC’s Michelle Caruso Cabrera on Tuesday.
General Spalding said the protesters would not back down even though there would be a military crackdown like the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The CCP leadership is very “sensitive” on the issue as they blame the U.S. of stirring up another “color revolution”.
After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned “any form” of violence.
The High Commissioner is “concerned by the ongoing events in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), and the escalation of violence that has taken place in recent days”, her spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.
Mr. Colville said that there was “credible evidence” of law enforcement officials using some anti-riot measures which are “prohibited by international norms and standards”.
On Monday，speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “It is alarming to watch the Hong Kong police with support from Beijing intensify their use of force against the protesters and label them violent criminals.”
The latest to speak out, Senator Ben Cardin said Congress may take action if China tries to crack down on protests in Hong Kong.
By Winnie Troppie