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Hong Kong: Has China’s Zugzwang Moment Arrived?

zugzwang

zugzwang[ tsook-tsvahng ]noun Chess.

a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.

by Martin Harris 3/8/19

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1989 Tiananmnen protests

An extraordinary situation is taking place in Hong Kong. Handed back to China in 1997 after many years of British Colonial rule, Hong Kong has continued to enjoy relative freedom compared to it’s mainland counterparts. The lucrative Hong Kong movie industry that spawned so many Martial Arts epics now churns out films (backed by mainland China) with a distinctive anti-Western/Colonial flavor, but otherwise little has changed until recently.

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Carrie Lam with Xi Jinping

The protests began after a planned extradition bill. The bill is now suspended. Rather than dissipating, the protests, astoundingly, have gained size and momentum, with no signs of letting up. Wise to the bill being merely a foot-in-the door for gradual erosion of treasured freedoms, the citizens of Hong Kong are calling for the resignation of Communist party puppet Carrie Lam and for a return to greater levels of democracy.

Thirty years after Tiananmen: 2019, a protester clenches his fist as tens of thousands of protesters march on the streets to stage a protest against the unpopular extradition bill in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Now, thousands of Civil Servants have joined the protest. It appears that China is losing control.

A short but powerfully presented video has been released by the Chinese government warning of the impending consequences: A show of strength.

Here’s the problem. too many remember Tiananmen Square and the heavy-handed military action that resulted in a massacre of protestors. Only a few days back, the author listened to a military strategy expert on TV suggesting that China would be too wise to repeat the Tiananmen scenario. Maybe, maybe not.

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Tiananmen Square Aftermath

So China is “in Zugswang”. They cannot pass up their move in the game. They can bow to the protestor’s pressure (a win for Western Democracy) or they can resort to the heavy-handed military action suggested by their video. In which case they risk international condemnation, and potentially damage their high standing in the UN (undeserved anyway in this author’s opinion).

Of course, China tells the world “butt out: This is our internal problem”. Trouble is, thanks to it’s global ambitions, China has already well and truly poked it’s nose into every other nation’s business. Works both ways. Putting investment and infrastructure around the world is a smart move for sure, but it only goes so far. How long before the Belt and Road signatories get wise and cut their losses if Hong Kong becomes a blood bath? There’s already the Organ-harvesting scandal lurking in the shadows.

Perhaps China has something up it’s sleeve? technology? Non lethal weapons, mind control and hi-tech crowd dispersal methods? If so, why haven’t they used these already and avoided the whole mess right from the start?

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The combination of the Hong Kong situation and Trump’s trade tariffs (and China’s response) put China between a rock and a hard place.

Political chess. an interesting game to watch.

Your move, China.

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About the author

    Martin Harris

    I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of theCONTrail.com community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

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