Just how will the Hong Kong protests likely play out? How are the Chinese Communist Party’s economic and political systems fundamentally at odds with those of the West, and why is it so intent on controlling Hong Kong? The following is an abstract of reporter Jan Jelielek’s interview with General Robert Spalding on American Thought Leaders:
Reporter: Let’s talk about Hong Kong. The troops are mashing at the Hong Kong border, of PLA. Tell me,what do you make of this?
General Spalding: Well the PLA said they were staging for normally scheduled exercises. I don’t know whether that’s true, but I would not place acquaintance in reports of troops mashing while the PLA’s concerned if they are going to act. I doubt they would get any fore warning of that.
Reporter: Ok, what are the implications? Let’s say they do act – what happens?
General Spalding: Well, the implications are that the special relationship that U.S. and Hong Kong have that allows Hong Kong to be a window for China to western capital markets will essentially go away. It will be politically unsupported, because essentially it would signal that Chinese Communist Party is no longer prepared to support the One Country Two Systems policy.
Reporter: Do you think it’s possible that they will?
General Spalding: I think it depends on how fearful the Chinese Communist Party is of the spread of the protests from Hong Kong into the mainland. If they believe that they have solid control over the mainland, then it may be that they’ll let the protests die out in their own accord.
Reporter: How do you think that will play into how the U.S. addresses this?
General Spalding: Well, I don’t think there’s anything quite as bracing as seeing young men getting beaten and shot and doused with pepper spray, so I think it’s gonna be very difficult for the Communist Party to move past the fact that. This is all on camera for everyone to see, because there is still some semblance of press liberty in Hong Kong which I would imagine would be the first thing to go as soon as when they do move in.
Reporter: Is this a new cold war? U.S. China or maybe not as new?
General Spalding: Yeah well, it’s funny that you know we go out for our way to say that there’s not a new Cold War, and the Chinese Communist Party officially says there’s no new Cold War, but if you look at the actions they’ve taken over the last few decades, it’s clear that they have an agenda in mind, and if you read Document Number Nine, it’s clear that they have an agenda in mind. It doesn’t involve a thriving free America remaining a strong force in the world.
Reporter: Tell us more about the Document Number Nine?
General Spalding: Document Number Nine was an official cut, an internal Communist Party document that was smuggled out and translated in 2013, and really talks about how our – what we believe to be universal rights of human rights, you know, like freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, are really -we’re not really advocating what is our fundamental beliefs. But instead, they were specifically designed to be tools to undermine and destroy the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.
Reporter: Wow, I don’t think a lot of Americans know about this.
General Spalding: Well, I mean, most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about China or certainly the Chinese Communist Party. They have a lot of other things that they’d rather do.
I think the Hong Kong protests are far more damaging to the Chinese Communist Party than the trade negotiations.
I think eventually the Chinese Communist Party will move in to suppress the protests. I just don’t know when. The writings are on the wall.
If we were still back here in November, and they are shutting down the airport in those major protests in Hong Kong, I would be surprised.
General Spalding: One way or the other, I think they are going to end.
By Jan Jekielek and Robert Spalding
Edited by staff
General Robert Spalding, formerly a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force, the chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and a senior strategic planner for the White House on the National Security Council.