Give me some context…Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong demonstrated vs a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of suspects to China and Taiwan. Protesters believe it’ll give China more power over Hong Kong and don’t like it.
Then.. why did Hong Kong propose this bill?
A Hong Kong man went to Taiwan & killed his gf there. Then, he came back to HK & because there aren’t extradition agreements between the countries, the guy couldn’t be prosecuted in HK nor transferred to Taiwan. An urgent law was needed.
The problem. China could take advantage of this bill and start arresting political opponents in Hong Kong and prosecute them in China, where there isn’t political freedom.
China vs Hong Kong?
Remember that HK was a British colony until 1997 when Britain gave it back to China under one agreement: “One country, 2 systems”. This meant HK would maintain a high degree of autonomy and democracy. Hey! This is only until 2047, when Hong Kong is expected to fully become a part of China.
Attention! China isn’t waiting until 2047. Since Chinese leader Xi Jinping took office, he’s been trying to reduce HK’s autonomy, by arresting 9 pro-democracy leaders. Yes, you already know that China has an authoritarian regime…
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdrew the extradition bill but protests continue against China’s influence. Btw, protests are very very violent.
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