No, I’m not writing about myself, but yes, I do know them…or their clones.
Lonestar Parson – And I don’t see how the China thing ends well, but perhaps I’m missing something?
The Hong Kong situation won’t work out well for the locals, however, it does unmask the communist oligarchs in China and their agendas in terms of their feelings toward freedom. Recall with me if you will, that the British obtained control over portions of Hong Kong’s territory through three treaties with Qing China. The 1842 Treaty of Nanking: Hong Kong Island ceded in perpetuity. The other territory of modern Hong Kong was under crown rule for 156 years. In 1997, the British gave it to the Communists. And the communists have decided that it’s time to bring the people in the Special Administrative District into line. The people in Hong Kong don’t want to be communists. And millions of them are speaking.
The People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PRC Navy title) have enough to handle both situations at the same time if we’re speaking of situations where the US does not become involved. Given sufficient notice, US submarines can deny the Straits of Formosa to a Chinese fleet, and Taiwan’s Nationalist Chinese Air Force can restrain a PRC air fleet/paratroops. Ultimately, the Red Chinese can reduce Taiwan and Hong Kong to cinders, no matter what the US does. And they become a pariah state, burning their ambitions to the ground. It’s a sticky wicket.
The balance of power requires the loyalty and approval of the People’s Liberation Army, and upon it’s willingness to drive tanks over the Chinese people wherever and whenever required.
The PLA crushing Hong Kong militarily has so many potential unexpected consequences- no matter how much propaganda they emit,this action will confirm in some Chinese that the gov. is the enemy, and to prepare accordingly. Your description sounds like Tito’s Yugoslavia – disparate cultures and countries held together by commie-glue, aka military force and fear.
Wonder if the Taiwanese are screwing devices together. Along with the Japanese. Wouldn’t that be an odd alliance!
Not as odd of an alliance as one might think. They’ve cooperated for a very long time despite the “rape of Formosa” when the Japanese Army invaded during WW2. Intelligence agencies often find strange bedfellows – and not just in a Bond Film.
Modern China is very much like Yugoslavia, but the competing interests are not ethnic, so much as they are regional economic empires.
Family is wealth, love is wealth, and much of what people value in our modern world is not.
Now, if Vietnam was smart, they’d be aiding in any HK resistance, along with Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
That is a bigger problem for China than the US is. They currently blame the US, but the nations that want to vex China are not limited to the US. Not by a long shot.
Hong Kong is a vertical city. Armor and soft skinned vehicles have to navigate streets in what is substantially the bottoms of valleys. That’s a military situation that no military commander wants to find himself in. Particularly if the people of Hong Kong receive (maybe have received) anti-tank weapons….and pre-positioned them. The tops of tanks have thinner armor than frontal and side armor…
It will definitely let the world know that they must to oppose the PRC/PLA – and end their international ambitions.
On the Hong Kong thing, I’ve said elsewhere, only semi-facetiously, that we should state clearly that it’s an internal matter for China. BUT, offer immigration to any HK resident who wants to settle in the US, so long as they agree to go to Detroit, Baltimore, [list of other failed shitholes goes here], or Los Angeles county, and live there for 10 years.
Well said. I can’t add anything.
LA – I too will be a grandpa to a VERY young lady already named Claire.
I’m excited for you. Great moments, wonderful experiences – and love just grows.