I agree with you Robert. (well written btw) When China ramps its language up there's going to be trouble; and going from hooligans to terrorists is a steep ramp no matter how many words were in-between those two.Reading across multiple accounts in far-flung media outlets, I'm seeing everything being said from "things are calming down" to "things are heating up".
This makes the situation murkier than ever. Not sure who to believe, because I can see reasons for everybody reporting to misrepresent the truth. But what's whacked is that many outlets aren't saying what I'd be expecting them to say, given their individual bias.
The one thing that does remain consistent is that the growling heard in Beijing does seem to be steadily increasing in volume, and that the terms the PRC is using to describe the unrest in Hong Kong tend to grow more extreme insofar as connotations are concerned.
That is, Beijing started by grumbling about "hooliganism" last March when the protests first began... but now we're at "terrorism" when it comes to what terms the mainland government is using to describe the protestors and dissidents.
I see that the PRC started piling up the military equipment-- at first up in Dongguan, but now it's starting to stream into Shenzhen... pretty close now.
Hong Kong PD is telling the mainland authorities that they don't need backup from the People's Army, but Beijing is beginning to disagree more openly with them.
All along the idea was to keep the pot from boiling over... and at first, when the government rescinded the extradition legislation that got the protests going last March, I figured that everybody would chill out. I expected Beijing to remain its forever malign self at heart-- but to be cool rather than face another round of sanctions such as what they got for Tienanmen. I expected them to stay cool because of a desire not to damage various Asian markets by means of a harsh intervention.
And I figured that the protestors would go back to a less vivid type of dissent once the extradition bill was scrapped...
But now I really don't know for sure what to expect. I don't think that the PRC is gonna just stand by forever.
The instant that the protestors force the game further by making the fiscal losses of a mainland intervention irrelevant, I'd expect the troops to move in.
No clue where that particular line of demarcation lies, however.
Thank you for the compliment. Also: agreed with all you just said.I agree with you Robert. (well written btw) When China ramps its language up there's going to be trouble; and going from hooligans to terrorists is a steep ramp no matter how many words were in-between those two.
Also it is being reported that tanks and troops are massing on the border. I hope some other countries will speak up and or try to help negotiate a truce. Mostly to let the Chinese Gubment chill out.
And so it goes!Thank you for the compliment. Also: agreed with all you just said.
Beijing continues to rant, with ever-increasing hyperbole. As of yesterday, the Chicom government has been telling others that the "terrorists" are now taking their orders from ISIS!
ISIS Calling the Shots in Hong Kong, Says PRC
Just a couple of days ago, the PRC was saying that it was the US, the UK, and Taiwan who were behind the protests... but now it's ISIS?
Of course, this is what they are telling its subjects on the mainland. To every one else they continue to insist that it's the US, the UK, and the Taiwanese who are at the bottom of all the unrest in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Communist Party sucks.
Sounds like a Russian tactic but, Yeah it could happen. Chinese government needs to make the peaceful demonstrators look like they are threatening to China's safety or sovereignty .I wouldn't be surprised if any or both sides would activate "sleeper cells" to turn this into powder keg.... Mainland needs a reason to impose a total martial law in HK....
A friend of mine spent about a year in Ethiopia. He said that the Chinese are moving into developing countries in Africa in a BIG way with a sort of "Marshall plan." Ports, shiping, etc...all Chinese.China has it's tentacles everywhere and has big expansionist intentions. Reeling in Hong Kong and the new military bases in the South China Sea are just the beginning, they are also moving into other parts of Asia with massive infrastructure projects and the South Pacific with huge monetary loans to island nations that have no hope of repaying them. Guess what happens when it's time to pay the piper?
In Australia even some previously unquestioning pro China politicians from the left who called anyone with concerns about growing Chinese influence 'racists' are suddenly trying to backtrack by now wanting urgent security briefings for all MP's.... now that is cause for concern.
Yep, been in Africa spreading good will for at least a decade. Every place we pull out of the Chinese and the Russians will move into and peddle their influence.A friend of mine spent about a year in Ethiopia. He said that the Chinese are moving into developing countries in Africa in a BIG way with a sort of "Marshall plan." Ports, shiping, etc...all Chinese.