Sunday 9th of August 2020

thirty-one years later...


Several countries, including the US and the UK, have proposed measures to protect Hong Kong residents fleeing potential political persecution from China’s new national-security law.

China passed the new legislation this week, which criminalizes what it deems secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country.

Hong Kong police have already arrested at least ten people suspected of violating the law.

Activists have called the enaction of the law the “end of Hong Kong that the world knew before” and “the greatest threat to human rights in the city’s recent history.”

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Several countries around the world, including the US and UK, have proposed measures to protect Hong Kongers from the harsh new national-security law that criminalizes dissent against the Chinese Communist Party.


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Cartoon at top by Giles (1989) published as the UK handed Hong Kong back to China...

inconsistencies have been the rules of takers-keepers...

Australia and the United States this month hardened their position on the South China Sea, where Washington has accused Beijing of attempting to build a "maritime empire" in the potentially energy-rich waters, despite regional concerns.

Key points:
  • Australia says China's claims in the South China Sea are illegal
  • The South China Sea is rich in oil, gas and for commercial fishing
  • Senior Australian ministers will visit the US to discuss regional security


The rivals have accused each other of stoking tension in the strategic waterway at a time of strained relations over everything from the new coronavirus to trade to Hong Kong.

A statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 13 was the first time the United States had called China's claims in the sea unlawful and accused Beijing of a "campaign of bullying".

Australia then followed suit, writing a letter to the United Nations in which it said China's territorial claims in the contested waters were "inconsistent" with international law.


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Unfortunately, inconsistencies have been the rules of Western takers-keepers...