Opinion: When it comes to Hong Kong, the US needs to mind its own business

  • Pro-democracy supporters mistakenly believe the US will protect them, but its human rights abuses are numerous
  • Hong Kong is the newest target of US neocolonial aggression
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Demonstrators shine lights from their smartphones while waving American flags during the "Thanksgiving Day Assembly for Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" at Edinburgh Place in the Central. Photo: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

The United States has remained consistent and relentless in attacking the “one country, two systems” structure of Hong Kong.

Now that a long-overdue National Security Law is finally being introduced in Hong Kong, the White House is showing more anxiety and apprehension than ever.

These resentful sentiments are sparked by the US culture of interventionism - whenever a foreign nation attempts to introduce new legislation to protect itself, America reacts by labelling it “unjust”, “oppressive”, “dictatorial” and “tyrannical”. Yet, the US has 19 such laws - the Patriot Act, the USA Freedom Act, the Protect America Act, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, to name a few. Why can’t Hong Kong have one?

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It is because Hong Kong is the newest target of US interventionist and neocolonialist aggression, empowered by its loving local supporters who share the common ground of Sinophobia. By observing the apparently resonant activism in Washington, DC, Hong Kong’s supposedly pro-democracy protesters feel that the US perfectly provides and embodies the ideologies of “freedom”, “democracy” and “the American dream”. As protesters wave the American and British flags with devotion and sing the Star-Spangled Banner with pride and passion, they have sadly fallen for the lie that the US is a godly saviour offering human rights to the people of the world.

The US has been at war for 222 out of 239 years of its existence. According to Brown University’s Costs of War Project, in the past 19 years, 3.1 million people have been killed by the US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen, while more than 21 million people have been displaced from their homes.

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The US has not only failed to bring human rights to many parts of the world as it claims to have done, it has caused mass violence and destruction. How many more lives will have to be lost before the dreams of Hong Kong’s loyal “American fans” are shattered?

Regular interaction with Hong Kong’s democrats, such as Dennis Kwok Wing-hang and Anson Chan Fang On-sang, might have confused the US, leading it to believe that Hong Kong is the 51st state of America. It is not.