If Hong Kong is going to hell, isn’t Trump’s America already there?
- Yonden Lhatoo has a hell of a time unboxing the US president’s claim that the city is headed for eternal damnation because he has ‘taken back’ all the privileges that he ‘gave’
Good heavens above and great balls of fire, did US President Donald Trump just consign Hong Kong, like some modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah, to the everlasting fires of hell?
Did he, godlike in his omnipotence, condemn us wretched sinners to eternal damnation, declaring us no longer worthy of his grace and radiance that might otherwise have saved our souls?
Well, that was pretty much the message, though his exact words over the phone to his acolytes at the right-wing Fox Business news channel were that this hapless city of ours “can never succeed” under Chinese control and its markets would “go to hell”.
“Once China got aggressive and took it over, I took everything back. Everything’s back now. And it will fail,” he said. “Hong Kong is a very complex problem because we’ve given tremendous amounts of money in the form of incentives to make Hong Kong free, to make Hong Kong work – and to our detriment.
“All of those incentives that they had for the Hong Kong market, in order to keep a certain amount of freedom over there, knowing they have China looming over the top of them – but all of those incentives, billions and billions and billions of dollars I gave, that we gave, to Hong Kong, I’ve taken back now.”
Rather than ridiculing him, let the hard facts, backed by official statistics, speak for themselves.
Also, America has racked up a trade surplus of US$310 billion with Hong Kong over the past decade. It was US$26 billion last year alone, the highest among the country’s trading partners.
And let’s not forget 1,400 US companies and 85,000 American citizens in Hong Kong are also hurtling along this highway to hell that Trump claims to have put the rest of us natives on.
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While Hong Kong has yet to descend to that level of basket case, the Trump administration seems hell bent on getting us there, while constantly making it sound like it’s all about helping us, protecting our rights, saving us from Beijing’s evil clutches.
If that is indeed the case, then, as Aldous Huxley once said, “Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished, too.”
Yonden Lhatoo is the chief news editor at the Post