by Christopher Black
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer
based in Toronto.
is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases
and recently published his novel
"Beneath the Clouds."
writes essays on international law, politics and world
events, especially for the online magazine
The hybrid war, being conducted against
China by the
and its gaggle of puppet states from,
...has entered a new
The first stage
involved the massive shift of US air and naval forces to the
Pacific and constant provocations against China in the South
China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.
The second stage
was the creation of disinformation about China's treatment of
minority groups, especially in Tibet and west China.
That this propaganda
campaign has been carried out by nations such as,
...who have the
human rights records
in the world with respect
to their indigenous peoples, subjected to centuries of cultural and
physical genocide by those governments, and who refuse to protect
their minority peoples from physical attacks and discrimination
despite their human rights laws, shocks the conscience of any
But not content with that, the propaganda was extended to China's,
...and other facilities
and trade initiatives, through which China is accused of trying to
control the world...
An accusation made by the
very nation that threatens economic embargo or worse, nuclear
annihilation, to anyone, friend or foe, who resists its attempt to
control the world.
The fourth phase is the US attempt to degrade the Chinese
economy with punitive "tariffs," essentially an embargo on
Chinese goods. That the objective is not better trade deals but to
bring China to its knees is the fact that the negative effect of
these tariffs on American consumers, farmers and manufacturers is
considered secondary to the principal objective.
Last year it moved to a fifth phase, the kidnapping and
illegal detention of
Meng Wanzhou, the Chief
Financial Officer of China's leading technology company Huawei, in
synchronicity with a massive campaign by the USA to force its
puppets to drop any dealings with that company.
Meng Wanzhou is still
held against her will in Canada on US orders. Chinese have been
harassed in the US, Australia and Canada.
The latest phase in this hybrid warfare is the insurrection
being provoked by the US, UK, Canada and the rest in Hong Kong,
using tactics designed to provoke China into suppressing the rioters
with force to amplify the anti-Chinese propaganda, or pushing the
"protestors" into declaring Hong Kong independent of China
and then using force to support them.
Mitch McConnell, an important US senator implicitly
threatened just such a scenario in a statement on August 12th
stating that the US is warning China not to block the protests and
that if they are suppressed trouble will follow.
In other words the US is
claiming that it will protect the thugs in black shirts, the shirts
This new phase is
very dangerous, as the Chinese government has time and again stated,
and has to be handled with intelligence and the strength of the
There is now abundant evidence that the UK and US are the
black hand behind the events in Hong Kong.
When the Hong Kong Bar
association joined in the protests the west claimed that even
the lawyers were supporting the protests in an attempt to bring
justice to the people.
But the leaders of that
association are all either UK lawyers or members of law
firms based in London, such as,
Jimmy Chan, head
of the so-called Human Civil Rights Front, formed in 2002
with the objective of breaking Honk Kong away from China,
Kevin Lam, a
partner in another London based law firm
Steve Kwok and
Alvin Yeung, members of the anti-China Civic Party who are
going to meet with US officials next week
Steve Kwok has
called for the independence of Hong Kong in other visits, some
sponsored by the US National Security Council and has called
for the US to invoke its
Hong Kong Policy Act, which, among
other things mandates the US president to issue an order suspending
its treatment of Hong Kong as a separate territory in trade matters.
The effect of this would
be to damage China's overall trade since a lot of its revenue comes
through Hong Kong.
The president can invoke
the Act if it decides that Hong Kong,
"is not sufficiently
autonomous to justify it being treated separately from China."
In tandem with Kwok's
call for the use of that Act, US Senator Ted Cruz has filed a
Bill titled the Hong Kong Revaluation Act requiring the
president to report on,
"how China exploits
Hong Kong to circumvent the laws of the United States."
But it seems the
anti-Chinese propaganda campaign is not having the effect they
The New York Times
ran a piece on August 13 stating,
"China is waging a
disinformation war against the protestors."
Embarrassed by US
consular officials being
caught red-handed meeting with protest
leaders in a hotel in Hong Kong last week and blatant statements
of support for the protestors from the US, Canada and UK as well
attempts to treat Hong Kong as an independent state, the US
intelligence services have now been forced to try to counter China's
accounts of the facts by declaring 'anything' China says as
The US and UK objectives are revealed in this statement from the
"Hong Kong, which
Britain returned to Chinese rule in 1997, remains outside
China's firewall, and thus is sitting along one of the world's
most profound online divides.
Preserving the city's
freedom to live without the mainland's controls has become one
of the causes now motivating the protests."
This statement flies in
the face of
the Basic Law,
expressing the agreement between the UK
and China when the UK finally agreed to leave Hong Kong.
We need to be aware of
what the Basic Law says.
Promulgated in April 4
1990 but put into effect on July 1, 1997, the date of the hand over
of the territory to China, the Preamble of 'Basic
Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's
Republic of China', states:
"Hong Kong has been
part of the territory of China since ancient times; it was
occupied by Britain after the Opium War in 1840.
On 19 December 1984,
the Chinese and British Governments signed the Joint Declaration
on the Question of Hong Kong, affirming that the Government of
the People's Republic of China will resume the exercise of
sovereignty over Hong Kong with effect from 1 July 1997, thus
fulfilling the long-cherished common aspiration of the Chinese
people for the recovery of Hong Kong.
Upholding national unity and territorial integrity, maintaining
the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and taking account of
its history and realities, the People's Republic of China has
decided that upon China's resumption of the exercise of
sovereignty over Hong Kong, a Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region will be established in accordance with the provisions of
Article 31 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of
China, and that under the principle of 'one country, two
systems', the socialist system and policies will not be
practiced in Hong Kong.
The basic policies of
the People's Republic of China regarding Hong Kong have been
elaborated by the Chinese Government in the Sino-British Joint
In accordance with the Constitution of the People's Republic of
China, the National People's Congress hereby enacts the Basic
Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the
People's Republic of China, prescribing the systems to be
practiced in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in
order to ensure the implementation of the basic policies of the
People's Republic of China regarding Hong Kong."
Hong Kong is
a part of China...
That is the essential
fact set out in the Basic Law agreed to by the UK as well as China.
It is an administrative region of China. It is not an independent
state and never was when Britain seized it through force and
So the claim that the protestors are trying to preserve something
that never existed, freedom from China's control, since Hong Kong is
subject to China's control, is bogus.
The fact that China
permitted Hong Kong to retain its capitalist system confirms
The fact that China
can impose socialism 50 years after or sooner if certain
conditions are met, also confirms this.
The pretexts for the
the first being a
proposed extradition law between the mainland and Hong Kong
which is similar to those that exist between provinces in
Canada and states in the USA
the second being
the claim that China's insistence on its sovereignty over
the territory somehow overrides the limited autonomy granted
Hong Kong and threatens that autonomy, are without any
One could easily split
Canada into pieces based on such bogus arguments or again split up
the USA, or even the UK as London sees its rule of,
...being challenged by
And we know very well
what violent protests will bring in swift suppression of such forces
if the central governments feel threatened, especially by the
violence we see used by the black shirts in Hong Kong.
We saw what happened
in Spain when the Catalans attempted to split from Spain.
The leaders of the
movement are now in exile.
We saw what the US is
capable of against demonstrators when it shot them down at Kent
State when students were demonstrating peacefully. These things
are not forgotten.
We know how the
British will react to renewed attempts for a united Ireland.
China is facing attacks
on several fronts at once and it will require wisdom, endurance and
the strength of the Chinese people to defend their revolution and
rid themselves of colonial and imperialist domination, once
and for all...
Those who carry
British and American flags in the protests in Hong Kong,
reveal who they are.
They are not
the future of China. They are the living embodiment of a dead
history and dead ideas, zombies of the past...