As Twitter blew up over the news that Hong Kong protesters tore down a facial recognition tower, an ambassador from the freedom fighters was getting several standing ovations at the Oregon GOP Convention in Pendleton this weekend.
Dennis* explained that the dispute arose in June when China’s handpicked chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced that those accused of a crime would be extradited to China for “trial.” Of course, this means the Hong Kong citizen would not receive the due process he would get in Hong Kong,** and would not be seen again. Political opposition would be wiped out as protesters disappeared, hundreds at a time.
As the audience rose in applause, Dennis bragged that the protesters were carrying our Stars & Stripes, as a symbol of the freedom they aspire to. America is their inspiration! He also thanked President Trump for linking China trade policy with freedom for Hong Kong.
HONG KONG CITIZENS DEMAND FREEDOM FROM CHINESE RULE
The first day of protests in June found one million Hong Kongese in the streets. At the end of the day, Lam doubled down on her extradition program. The following day two million went to the streets. This is all the more remarkable when one realizes that the Hong Kong population is just SEVEN MILLION! ! !
Keep in mind, during British America’s revolution in the mid-1700s, only three percent of the population fought for freedom. Twenty-nine percent of Hong Kongese, young & old, risked their lives for freedom from China.
DELEGATES ADOPTED PRO-FREEDOM FIGHTERS’ PLATFORM
On Friday the Foreign Policy Caucus, which included this writer, added a plank in support of the Hong Kong Freedom Fighters:
“We stand with the people of Hong Kong in their quest for freedom and liberty. We demand that China adhere to the treaty governing the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese jurisdiction. We support President Trump linking Chinese trade policy to the Hong Kong situation.”
Moments before Dennis* took to the podium, the entire convention of almost 200 delegates approved the pro-Hong Kong plank unanimously.
STANDING UP FOR TAIWAN
Over opposition in the Foreign Policy Caucus on Friday, the GOP’s support for Taiwan remained in the GOP plank:
“We stand with and support the sovereign right to exist of threatened countries such as Israel, Taiwan, South Korea and Ukraine. We support continued arms sales to Taiwan and recognize our agreements and obligations to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression. We believe the United States’ ‘one China’ policy must evolve into a ‘one democratic China’ policy.”
This writer lived in Taiwan during the dictatorship of Jiang Kai Chek, where dissidents disappeared and relatives didn’t know if they were dead or caged in the offshore political prison. The Taiwanese people tasted freedom & democracy for the first time in 1989. They do not want to return to the status of being ruled over by foreign powers.***
AMERICA MUST CONTINUE TO STAND WITH HONG KONG AND TAIWAN.
Diane L. Gruber
*GOP Convention attendees were advised not to repeat the last names of the two men from Hong Kong due to likely persecution when they return to Hong Kong. These men are instrumental in leading the legislative fight for freedom, called the Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act. They met with the National Security Council in the White House in March. Last week they gave US Senate & House leaders an update on the struggles of the Freedom Fighters, in hopes American lawmakers will debate and vote for the Act in September.
**Dennis’ colleague, Alvin, took questions from attendees and explained that the due process laws in Hong Kong were very similar to America’s.
***After losing the Sino-Japanese War in 1895, China gave Taiwan to Japan as spoils of war. Japan occupied Taiwan until after WWII when the Japanese left and Jiang Kai Chek’s army invaded.