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Taiwan News Opinion: China’s disregard for HK freedoms shows why Taiwan must take a stand

Taiwan News writer David Spencer, in an opinion piece posted August 3rd, argues that Beijing’s handling of the Hong Kong protests show that Taiwan must not give in to pressure from Beijing to re-unite.

It is perfectly possible that the CCP will resort to sending the ironically-named People’s Liberation Army onto the streets to suppress the people. This action could easily lead to another Tiananmen Square with serious blood being spilt on the streets of Hong Kong.
The CCP will want to avoid this and the inevitable international backlash that will follow. But with protestors showing no sign of backing down, there is a growing feeling that this is the moment when Hong Kong’s freedom movement will either succeed or die trying.
This moment could be the endgame for Hong Kong and the notion of “One Country, Two Systems.”

David Spencer in Taiwan News

Definitely read the whole article.

Carrie Lam Vows to do a Better Job Connecting With Young People

The South China Morning Post is reporting that Carrie Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong said “My colleagues and I will be more patient to get in touch with youth from different classes to listen to their voices” and “We hope that we can fight together to build a better Hong Kong .” Undoubtedly, the HK protesters already think they are fighting to build a better Hong Kong. Do the Beijing and HK governments really believe that these kinds of platitudes will satisfy the protesters? The protests have gone on now for about 10 weeks; this isn’t some minor issue that can be papered over with nice-sounding talk. Looking in from the outside, it appears that the only non-violent resolution is for the Beijing and HK governments to negotiate in good faith, prepared to make real concessions and guaranties in allowing HK true self-determination and freedom. Let’s hope that happens soon.

HK Police Employ Officers Disguised as Protesters

The Hong Kong Free Press is reporting that plainclothes officers disguised as protesters have been arresting protesters. The short video is disturbing, showing a heavily bleeding protester forced down by two officers while being handcuffed.

Plainclothes officers arrest a bleeding protester

China Daily Claims HK Protester Fired a “US Made” M320 Grenade Launcher at Police

A tweet by China Daily claims that a protester in HK fired a U.S.-made M320 grenade launcher at police. The video shows a protester firing what looks like an M320 grenade launcher, then sneaking back and blending into the crowd. Could this have actually happened?

First of all, the M320 grenade launcher fires 40mm grenade rounds of several different types. According to Gary’s U.S. Infantry Weapons Guide, a 40mm high-explosive grenade of the type typically fired by the M320 has a casualty radius of 130 meters and a kill radius of 5 meters. If a protester had actually fired a typical 40mm high-explosive grenade at the police, the explosion would have been massive, and it is likely that would have been multiple fatalities and perhaps dozens of people badly injured. That didn’t happen. It is possible that some other kind of round was fired; the M320 is capable of firing many different types of grenades, including non-lethal rounds. It is also possible that the “grenade launcher” was a replica, not a real M320 at all. This article in the South China Morning Post talks about the thriving market for replica weapons in HK.

Second, the M320 is manufactured by Heckler and Koch, which is a German company, not American. Some M320’s are manufactured in the U.S. for the U.S. military, but it seems very unlikely that a HK protester could get his hands on an actual U.S. military weapon, and it seems even more unlikely that any U.S. organization would provide a protester with a weapon easily recognizable as a U.S. weapon.

In summary, this claim stinks of Chinese propaganda intended to stir up anti-U.S. sentiment and to try to blame the protests on the U.S.

Another March by Protesters in Hong Kong

August 11, 2019 12:46 AM. The South China Morning Post is reporting that another unapproved march is taking place in Hong Kong at this moment in the Sham Shui Po district. There are rumors that the protesters will “clash” with pro-government Fujianese (Chinese from Fujian province). Article here: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3022206/illegal-anti-government-march-sets-hong-kong

It looks like a large number of protesters are marching. Note the American flags being carried by some protesters.

Photo from South China Morning Post

Update: Teargas has been fired by the police, and some protesters have been arrested. See the SCMP article for updates.

Chinese School Kids Working Illegally at FoxConn to Produce Amazon Devices

The Guardian is reporting that Chinese school kids from 16-18 years of age are being employed, working hours illegal under Chinese law, to produce Amazon Alexa and other devices: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/aug/08/schoolchildren-in-china-work-overnight-to-produce-amazon-alexa-devices. This issue was taken up by Don Surber, who challenges the Washington Post to report on it, as noted by Instapundit.

Vietnamese-American Singer’s Ode to HK Protesters

This article in the South China Morning Post was from July, 2019 (and it is frankly surprising to see it in Chinese media – although the SCMP has a reputation for being somewhat “controversial”). It talks about and links to a song called “Sea of Black” by Vietnamese-American musician Trúc Ho. The song is a tribute to the Hong Kong protesters (who often dress in black clothes) standing up to the Chinese central government and the HK government, and hopes that Vietnamese will be able to stand up to the Vietnamese communist government some day as well. The article: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/3018071/ode-hong-kongs-extradition-bill-protesters-penned-vietnamese

China’s Midea Real Estate Group Developing Smart Home Tech

Midea Real Estate group, a division of the Chinese Midea conglomerate, wants to develop AI to bring smart home technology to Chinese homes: https://www.scmp.com/business/article/3022194/chinas-biggest-appliance-maker-wants-wire-iron-man-style-households?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1565493559

The mainland’s biggest maker of home appliances said its real estate arm, Midea Real Estate Group, will partner with cloud computing company AliCloud, video surveillance provider Hikvision, electric carmaker XPeng and other companies on developing an artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem for the home.

South China Morning Post

They will partner with a video surveillance company? Big Brother is watching everywhere in China – including your home. How long before this technology is made mandatory?

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