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Spies and conspirators? Beijing needs neither to crush Hong Kong independence

Many Hongkongers still believe disqualified localist duo were bankrolled by central government with CY Leung in cahoots, in a plot worthy of Hollywood

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2016, 5:38pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2016, 5:39pm

It all began two years ago. Conspirators plotted a script so ingenious it was the stuff of Hollywood. Double agents, deceit, you name it, the plot had it. Every move was so masterful that no one suspected anything until it was too late.

As co-conspirator, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was tasked with putting the plot into play. He used his January 2015 policy speech to attack an obscure student magazine for advocating independence. His aim was not to stifle the voice of independence but to deviously stoke it so he could crack down hard to prove himself as a strong leader Beijing should trust for another term.

As chief conspirator, Beijing bankrolled Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching of Youngspiration who posed as champions of independence to win Legislative Council seats. They played their parts perfectly by using their oath-taking to insult China, giving Beijing an excuse to smack the independence movement. It did that with a Machiavellian touch by interpreting the Basic Law in a way that not only excludes independence supporters from the Legislative Council, but also achieves its ulterior aim to dilute one “country, two systems” and Hong Kong’s judicial autonomy.

We should know by now that if Beijing wanted to clench its fist, it would without hiring double agents to provide a pretext

Who knows? The Youngspiration pair may indeed be gifted actors paid to provide Beijing with a pretext to crack down. I find it far-fetched because the plot is full of holes. But you’d be surprised how many Hongkongers believe this tale of double agents.

Opposition leaders claim Leung Chun-ying fomented, then acted tough against the independence movement to impress Beijing. Surely, if they can see through such a scheme, so can Beijing. And why would Leung need such an elaborate scheme to impress Beijing if he was in on the plot?

Do you really think Beijing needs to go to such lengths to tighten its grip on Hong Kong? We should know by now that if Beijing wanted to clench its fist, it would without hiring double agents to provide a pretext. It shoved a restrictive political reform framework down our throats, interpreted the Basic Law several times, and stood up to the Occupy protest without having to create excuses.

If Leung and Yau are really props, would Beijing give them such free rein? Their youth alone suggests they can’t be trained spies. That would make them risky double agents who could be easily pressured to spill the beans. Is Beijing really that stupid?