Earlier on Friday, it seemed that a new electoral system has been proposed by Beijing’s legislative sanctions that sought the purpose to tighten the authoritarian grip of China on the Capital city Hong Kong, giving to itself an ultimate new power to nominate its very legislative candidates. That respective China’s move strictly attacked by the formals of the United States and its allies by condemning it as a continuing assault of democratic values of the institution in Hong Kong. It appears that the newly introduced system would more likely marginalize the democratic opposition which was actually destroyed after the imposition of National Security legislation by Beijing chasing the antigovernmental protests that were rocked in Hong Kong in 2019 probably. But US lawmakers actually approved that new Hong Kong of acquiring a Security law when it hardly gets acknowledged across the world, demonstrating that people are somehow scared with law manufacturing structure of Hong Kong. Thus, this time this proposed model by China’s National People Congress (NPC) might erode the one Country, Two Systems agreement that it made with the US thus making Beijing the one who is crushing the dissent. Although Hong Kong being a formal British colony was allowed to may continue with its legal system along with the privileges of freedom of press and speech, making it totally consensual.
Influence of National Security legislation of 2020 on the new-born electoral system of Hong Kong
When once in 1997, UK returned the commune, which it had governed for nearly 99 years, the promise which the People’s Republic of China had made to preserve the very freedom and political autonomy of the city appears to be cracking down with both of the so-called certified legislations. It causes the people of Hong Kong to fear the loss of freedom that they had experienced before. Hence, this electoral system sounds to be another move of Xi Jinping to increase his mere control over the city. By doing this he’ll probably strengthen the CCP’s Control on China and then sought to inflict the same fate on Hong Kong as he did with the law prior to this. Followed by the statement of Beijing Lawmakers:
“The law has emboldened Xi Jinping’s regime to suppress dissent, punish activism, and create fear within the city’s democracy movement.”
the law professors in Hong Kong were being pressurized by China’s government that ultimately leads to a negative view of the future of education as well as youth. Going with words of Tam Yiu‐Chung, another NPC apparatchik, that lauded the law’s impact as;
“Those who have stirred up trouble and broken this type of law in the past will hopefully watch themselves in the future. If they continue to defy the law, they will bear the consequences.”
Saying that in spite of having a significant right to oppose the Hong Kongers couldn’t oppose. Moreover, making it worse, China’s declaration that their Security legislations will aim to tackle terrorism, secession, subversion and the Foreign Intervention (may mean for the US), the actual agenda behind it unveiled afterwards, triggered thousands of Hong Kongers to protest. Thus, with all the prevailing situation and hypocrisies, the population of Hong Kong appears almost rightful in regards to their fears and insecurities of the changing electoral system introduced by the NPC. It seems to be a direct attack on Hong Kong’s autonomy along with its democratic processes as well. As The city pursues the only common law jurisdiction in China so its people also got overwhelmed by the thought of not getting judiciary independence and their judiciary system was soon the same as the mainland of China has been enduring.
Implications for the US triggered by the respective Electoral legislation in Hong Kong
The US seems to be more curious and thus opposed that move of Beijing in order to secure the human rights in the region by performing its very part in it globally. He assists this stance of opposition by stating that Washington was working with other allies at “galvanizing collective action” against alleged Chinese human rights exploitation against Muslim Minorities in Xijiang along with their “repression” against the poor Hong Kongers. It seemed that the US rhetorically being in favour of democratic product and Hong Kong provides a significant case of strains which the United States actually faces in promoting democratic values in complex political scenarios. Hence, being a full democratic modern society, the US was somehow supposed to be confused during the whole situation. On one hand, it has to support democratization but on the other side it accepts the fact that Hong Kong is a part of China, so the basic law which too is worsened is an overall city’s constitutional charter. Moreover, it has also some other socio-economic interests in Hong Kong causing him to think twice, but soon he decides his side by condemning China for imposing electoral legislation on the Hong Kongers. If we look before, we’ll find that China through various repetitive false allegations on United states as being
“a black hand behind efforts in Hong Kong to radicalize the struggle over electoral reform”
Thus, illustrating that China is always wanted to generate complexities in the relationship between the United States and Hong Kong on an international level that will ultimately helpful for it to get dominance over Hong Kong. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo observed that the White House was not considering Hong Kong as an autonomous from mainland China, further deteriorating the relation between the two nations. Thus, persisting Beijing’s legislative sanctions imposed by China does nothing but fostering reconciliation within Hong Kong without drawing any line of mutual understanding. But the US being loudest and the strongest in its rebuke against this verdict seems that he elevated his support system by raising firm support protection of the freedom of the Hong Kongers and assist them to oppose China’s every effort to withdraw them.
How Beijing’s legislative sanctions affect the financial hub of Hong Kong
This move may jeopardize the Hong Kong’s present financial status as it contains one of world’s most attractive markets which set him apart from the mainland comprising of Shanghai and Shenzhen. Multinational institutions and banks have been using the city as a gateway to do business with the mainland, thus owing its very part in the proximity of the world’s second-largest economy. As a result, the outside investors have voiced certain concerns regarding Security law, political instabilities causing them to leave the country or are boosted to hire in some other Asian capitals as Tokyo and Singapore. That ultimately downs the economic graph of Hong Kong pressurizing them to take some action as soon as possible either showing his consent against that system changing legislations of Beijing. It is the demand for the youth of Hong Kongers to stand together against Beijing’s legislative sanctions for their rightful position and to maintain their status as an autonomous city of flashlights.