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America’s Enemies and Friends, Part One

July 19, 2021

The first of five aspects of America’s national security that worries me is The People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon area were ceded to Britain by the Qing dynasty after the Opium War of 1840, a two-year conflict, that in 1842 forced the Qing government to sign the Treaty of Nanjing. That Treaty permanently ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain.

The Qing Dynasty was established in 1644 by the Manchu prince Hong Taiji who subjected his Han Chinese subjects to discrimination that required Han men to cut their hair in Mongolian fashion or face execution. Han intellectuals who attempted to criticize the rulers through poems and painting were rounded up and beheaded. Han people living in Beijing were relocated to the provinces.

This era was the first in a series of Webcasts conducted under the title “Loss of Country” and examined how Han intellectuals retreated into reclusive ways that by analogy are similar to the ways of American political conservatives facing “Progressive” domination of American politics and culture.

That Webcast may be accessed at YouTube.

On September 23, 1982, Britain’s Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher met with Zhao Ziyang “who said that there were two principles (at stake) — sovereignty, and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.” In a record of that meeting Zhao Ziyang said “If it came to a choice between the two, China would put sovereignty above prosperity and stability.”

Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (1984)

That was affirmed when Tiananmen Square protests that started on April 15, 1989 were forcibly suppressed on June 4 of that year by Deng Xiaoping, supreme—totalitarian—leader of the PRC.

That signaled that the PRC was driven by Marxist ideology, not by commercial interests, but that was ignored by newly elected President of the United States George H. Bush. Bush 41 did not comprehend that President Richard Nixon’s relations with Communist China were a “card” in a game of international relations between the United States and Russia. Absent a Soviet Union that expired in 1991, relations between the United States and Communist China should not have pursued China as a market for American products but as an enemy State.

Actions taken by the PRC against Hong Kong in 2021 are a harbinger of future actions to be taken against Taiwan and Japan. That worries me greatly.

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