For the first time in 32 years, there was no candle light in Victoria Park on the anniversary of the June 4 incident. Darkness has descended on Hong Kong for the world to see. A picture by the news media is worth more than a thousand words by Carrie Lam, who still misleadingly insists that Hong Kong is back to normal. June 4, 2021 was even darker than the same day in 2020. Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho Chun-yan, the backbone of the Hong Kong Alliance in support of democratic patriotic movements in China, remained in prison That day. Citizens marched through the streets with candles and the police demanded that they put out the flames.
Why has the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continued to suppress Hong Kong at all costs, even though it has already forced stability in the city and gained the upper hand? From a rational decision-making perspective, this is a fairly reckless decision on the part of the CCP, and can only be understood in the larger context of the story of a series of “left-wing catastrophes.” Caused by the CCP. Since the establishment of the CCP 100 years ago, its history has been intertwined with an endless stream of “left-wing disasters.” The wrong policies of the CCP itself have killed many more people than the Kuomintang or the Civil War. The CCP is a party characterized not only by perpetual infighting, but also by its use of infighting to create enemies in order to maintain the authority of its leadership and subdue the opposition within the party. When the need for internal strife arises, the CCP explodes disagreements within the party to facilitate the launching of infighting. It is the very antithesis of modern and civilized governance, which emphasizes rationality and tolerance. In the days of collectivization, farmers living in popular communes would be called counterrevolutionaries who had embraced capitalism simply by keeping a chicken.
In Hong Kong, since the CCP came up with the slogan “stop violence and chaos” in 2019, it thought it understood the public sentiment here. After the emergency promulgation of the regulations on the ban on covering the face and seats of the Chinese University and Polytechnic University, he was convinced that the Hong Kong people abhor chaos and instability and will change their position, so that the slogan “stop violence and chaos” would be in line with the prevailing opinion. What happened next? The pro-establishment camp suffered its biggest defeat in its history in the district council elections in November 2019. The CCP put even more pressure on Hong Kong. He imposed the National Security Law on the city, trying to use the draconian law to intimidate citizens into submitting. He arrested Jimmy Lai. He treated a primary election within the pro-democracy camp as a criminal case involving national security and arrested all prominent figures in the pro-democracy camp in one fell swoop. Having deprived the legislature of its ability to monitor the government, the CCP believed that the people of Hong Kong would be deterred. But Hong Kong has remained steadfast in its position and conviction. Hong Kong people continue to shop in the stores of the “yellow” (pro-democracy) economic circle. They support pop music groups such as Mirror and Error and boycott TVB, a television station considered to be pro-Chinese. They incorporated their beliefs into their daily practice. Yes, the CCP will step up its crackdown again, for every attempt it has made to imply that the people of Hong Kong have failed to achieve the desired results, but have spilled their conflicts with Hong Kong people into politics. in people’s daily lives. In the next step, the CCP will target the media and the education sector. In each political movement he launches, new “enemies” are created. The CCP’s “left-wing disasters” are a series of self-fulfilling prophecies. The CCP continues to play on internal differences, creating more and more enemies and taking increasingly harsh measures against them. Such a vicious cycle does not end until it ends in a great disaster.
Deng Xiaoping’s rules rejected
In 1979, Deng Xiaoping sealed the CCP’s “left devil” with three basic rules. First, personality cults have been banned. Term limits for the highest office in the country were created to prevent one man’s mistakes from harming the whole country. Second, the Cultural Revolution was completely rejected. The CCP would no longer engage in political struggles and instead focus on economic development. Third, a demarcation between the CCP and the government has been proposed to limit the power of the CCP, so that it cannot expand without limit. During Xi Jinping’s time, these three rules were dropped and another “left-wing disaster” was created. On the diplomatic front, the CCP under Xi defied the West without thinking, causing a sharp deterioration in its relations with the European Union despite the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. Its aimless suppression of Hong Kong is a challenge to the core values of the West that does not benefit the CCP at all. Domestically, it has pursued a policy of “private companies giving way to state-owned enterprises”, which has strangled innovation and pushed China into the middle-income trap. These leftist policies were pursued precisely because a personality cult was built around Xi, the same mistake that occurred during Mao Zedong’s time. The self-correction mechanism of the collective CCP leadership has become defective; he failed to reverse Xi Jinping’s decisions. To avoid trouble, Chinese bureaucrats prefer to err on the side of being “too left” so as not to be late.
The survival of the CCP depends on how far this new “left-wing disaster” will go. As the West points a finger at a lab for leaking the COVID-19 virus, a containment policy against China has already taken shape, and Hong Kong will be one of the unwitting victims of the “left-wing disaster” of the CCP. ”.
(Lau Sai-leung, political commentator)
This article is translated from Chinese by Apple Daily.
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