LettersWhy Hong Kong’s fate hangs on Trump impeachment trial outcome
It is anticipated that the US president will be acquitted. But the critical issue is not his likely acquittal but the circumstances surrounding this action.
If Trump survives in office because of a political whitewash by Republican senators, his power in both domestic and international affairs will be significantly weakened. But if Republicans make a convincing argument in his acquittal, Trump’s political standing will be enhanced, as will his political power.
In the second case, in dealing with a stronger Trump, Beijing is likely to take a more hands-off response to Hong Kong.
Therefore, what may be good for the US and the world may not in the end be good for Hong Kong.
Dr Sidney Weissman, Chicago
The people have not misunderstood ‘two systems’
No protester or any protest movement ever renounced China as the national sovereign country, as they are Chinese, albeit Hongkongers, just as much as Taiwanese are Chinese. But there are boundaries.
Surely, looking forward, it is the People’s Republic and its pro-establishment leadership headed by Lam that must truly comply with and implement faithfully the Basic Law and “one country, two systems”.
Gerald Heng Snr, Washington