“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

That seems elementary enough, at least for those of us who studied Modern Times and the Living Past threescore and two years ago at the Mapa High School, to be recognisable as Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”

Whenever one talked then about democracy, he inevitably dropped into those words; no others seemed fit enough to describe man’s primordial right to be free.

Oh, how America, as a consequence, shone then as the bastion of all things just & rightful. Communism, having risen as the new emerging dominant world ideology, represented to us youth a lingering Western-instilled colonial mentality an evil spectre that needed to be crushed for freedom to be preserved.

But with China’s rise as torchbearer of socialism across the length and breadth of the earth, communism has made a real determined bid to turn around from spectre to spectacle. Now the world amazes at how, in fact, the Belt & Road Initiative, or BRI, of Chinese President Xi Jinping has brought development to nearly two thirds of the earth and, despite obstacles, counting.

China contribution $2 billion to World Health Organisation for Covid-19

The latest effort by China in this regard is its contribution of $2 billion to the funds of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic. As a face-saving ploy to escape the embarrassment from its utter inability to match the Chinese contribution, the United States declared itself out of the world health body for good.

But, certainly, never out of its incessant manoeuvres to bring about China’s damnation. The US appears to be making a desperate effort to keep its foothold as the world’s one single hegemon. This has been effectively counterpoised by China’s push of its multi-polar initiative whereby all countries of the world share in common prosperity.

So damn China at all cost.

Last year when the Lam government sought to implement an extradition law by which criminal fugitives seeking refuge in the island city may be turned over to the mainland for justice, pro-democracy protests virtually turned Hong Kong into rubble.

It became evident that those protests were a manipulation by the US strategically aimed at separating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from mainland China. A photograph went viral showing the US Consul in Hong Kong meeting up with youth leaders of the Hong Kong riots.

Joshua Wong & Nathan Law with Julie Eadeh
Photo: Hong Kong Pro-democracy Party Demosistō Leader & Key Organiser Joshua Wong (2 – L) & Nathan Law with American Consulate to Hong Kong Official, Julie Eadeh (4 – L) at JW Marriott Hotel in Admiralty Area – Hong Kong.

At every opportunity, the US makes an attempt to damn China. When the current Covid-19 pandemic appeared to break out in Wuhan, China in late December last year, US policymakers led by President Donald Trump lost no time in blaming China for the spread of the deadly virus.

He went as far as insisting on calling the disease “Chinese virus,” which was not acceptable though to the WHO whose official nomenclature for the disease held sway: Covid 19.

At the moment, Hong Kong is about to suffer more turmoil with the impending implementation of a national security law by the Lam government. Evidently taking prompting from the gravely disturbing and disastrous anti-extradition law riots, China’s National People’s Congress has adopted a draft bill reportedly prepared by the Standing Committee of the legislature for integration into the Hong Kong Basic Law.

It is a provision, in any case, of the Hong Kong constitution that the Hong Kong government can pass such a law as would prohibit treason, secession, sedition and subversion against the Chinese government. None of the past administrations of HKSAR had bothered about passing such a law.

The present conditions must crystallise in the central Chinese government the need to pass such a law soonest. The US is desperate in its effort at derailing China’s push to becoming the world’s largest economy, hence the decline of America and unless China makes a decisive move, the Hong Kong upheavals might just succeed in their designed objective.

It is comforting to note that China had successfully surmounted similar challenges in the past. To cite one, the Tiananmen Square Incident, when US-instigated students protesters converged in the hundreds of thousands to demand democratic reforms. The Chinese leadership acted with decision and dispatch, quelling the rebellion in a flash. This must assure the ability of the Chinese government to deal with such exigencies.

The Hong Kong tumult happens at a time when China has already brought to much of the world the beautiful fruits of development. This little incident in Hong Kong has sort of protracted over a period much longer than the incident at Tiananmen Square, but make no mistake. It does not at all indicate a weakness on China’s part. Rather, what appears manifest is China’s great forbearance in condescending to the political inclinations of those creating trouble in Hong Kong.

They are crying for democracy, aren’t they?

Why object to the very democratic National Security Law?

The law came about as an exercise by China of its own primordial right to protect and preserve itself. It has been accepted by the Hong Kong government for implementation in its territory.

Or do Lincoln’s words only serve to satisfy rhetoric? That democracy is good only if it is good for America.

Author: Mauro Gia Samonte
Editor’s Note: The article reflects the author’s opinion only, and not necessarily the views of the editorial opinion of Belt & Road News.