A Fire in the Backyard and the Classic American Double Standard

By Wu Rong-zhen  

United Daily News, May 30, 2020


On May 25, George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was killed by a white police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck until he suffocated. This incident set off a series of violent demonstrations in the city of Minneapolis, among which was the burning of the police station. President Donald Trump condemned the protests and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a state of emergency, mobilizing the National Guard. This wave of tension has spread across America and has not yet to stop.


On May 28, the China’s National People’s Congress passed the national security legislation on Hong Kong. The law targets mainly four types of behaviors: subversion of state government, secession, terrorist activities, and interference by external forces. However, it has caused serious protests from and countermeasures by the United States.


America has always been proud of what it considers the complete national security system in the world and has established at least forty-six ordinances. Theses clarify the rights and responsibilities of various government departments on national security issues, expand the authority of police agencies, and even allow the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to perform assassination operations.


Since the United States believes that ensuring national security is a universal value and does not allow people to rebel or invade with foreign forces, why does the United States oppose China’s enactment of the national security legislation on Hong Kong? This can be explained by America’s self-appointed role as the world’s police since World War II. As the guardian of freedom and democracy, the United States has tried its best to contain the expansion of communist forces and maintain and expand American strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. To implement this strategy, at least three covert policies have been adopted.


First, the standards of freedom are different inside and out. If we consider the “Declaration of Human Rights,” a seminal document produced during the French Revolution, freedom is defined as “the right to do everything that is harmless to others.” At present, demonstrators wantonly destroy public facilities on the streets of Hong Kong, but the United States has identified these actions as freedom fighting, thereby glorifying the atrocities perpetrated by the people of Hong Kong, furthermore, providing materials and shelter for Hong Kong independent elements and violent demonstrators against the Hong Kong police and government.


Second, the United States treats Hong Kong as an extra-legal place. In 1997, the British ended their colonization and returned the sovereignty of Hong Kong to Communist China. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was established to implement the so-called “One Country, Two Systems” model. For 23 years, Hong Kong has been unable to formulate national security regulations in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law, which has caused security portals to open. America, Britain, and other countries still regard Hong Kong as an extra-judicial place to divide and infiltrate and as a beachhead for encircling China.


Third, the United States weakens the national pride of the Hong Kong people and their Chinese identity. America continues to support the Hong Kong independence movement, demonize China, and corrupt the identity of the Hong Kong people so that they do not identify as Chinese.  


The United States uses various strategies to hold high the banner of protecting freedom, protest the national security legislation on Hong Kong. The real purpose behind it is to safeguard and expand the interests of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. This is a game of the United States pursuing its own interests versus the determination of China to defend its sovereignty. The people of Hong Kong should be careful in their words and deeds so that they are not sacrificed for American interests, and Taiwan should be more vigilant in order to avoid suffering from the crossfire.  



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