1/ ‘’If we are in the new Cold War, HK is the new Berlin.’’ -- for we are now standing between the free world and the dictatorship of China. I’m not an expert in academic but perhaps the historical context would help us shed light on many similarities.

2/ First of all, during the Cold War, Berlin was the forefront of the two competing ideologies - Capitalism & Communism; ironically, at present, Hong Kong has become the wrestling ground for two ideologies-- Democratic values, liberties versus absolute dictatorship.
3/ The communist party is very eager in expanding its influence in the world and setting up satellite states through economic means. The free world is realizing its intention and preparing itself to resist its threat.
4/ Diplomatic experts already pointed out that the ongoing tension between China and US had structurally changed the world order & would eventually escalate into the new Cold War. The trade dispute is only the beginning, there lies the information and technology competition.
5/ The development in 2020 has proven so. And Hong Kong is like Berlin, not being physically divided into four occupation zones, but is divided into two opposing ideologies-- the government that supports the dictatorship and those who support freedom and democracy.
6/ However, if HK falls, the domino effect will follow, it will hinder the world’s economy & the beliefs of democracy. That is why we, HKers are not just fighting this uphill battle for our own. The world and we, are all in this together.

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1/ Behind the notion of Milk Tea Alliance, we can see gradually there’s a calling for pan-Asian solidarity “to fend off all forms of authoritarianism from China’’.
2/ While the military government in Thailand has fostered a quite good economic partnership with China, under the Belt and Road Initiatives. In return, the military government has been extremely helpful to assist Beijing to oppress dissidents outside China such as Gui Minhai.
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1/ After Beijing stepped in and appointed the “provisional legislature” in August, it simply explains that they can't ensure a majority had the election taken place on time. All lawmakers are lack of mandate.
2/ While the authorities decided to unseat four more lawmakers, it's time for all democratic camp lawmakers to resign from this appointed legislature. Act as decorative flower vases inside the institution may just let Beijing take advantage to calm down global discontent.
3/ We wish to warn the world that now the existence of legislature never implying the existence of check and balance. Also, it's time to rise to the fact that win seats in the election and street clash are not the two only scenes in a democratic movement.
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1. While #China imposed a new law that can expel elected lawmakers directly, HK regulators attempted to comfort foreign investors in this int'l city by claiming "financial institutions can implement US sanctions" w/o fear of violating #nationalsecuritylaw

2. However, the advice completely contradicts #CCP's latest political red line, from its new sanction toolkits #UnreliableEntityList on foreign companies to the escalating economic sanctions on #Australia. scmp.com/economy/china-…
3. When even #China's tech giant #AntIPO was suddenly halted, with recent restrictions on #Alibaba, it becomes doubtful whether foreign firms will be spared amid Beijing's unpredictable retaliation.
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2/ As hawkish as it showed 4 years ago, this time Beijing even horrendously bypassed HK's judiciary and legislature when enforcing the order. It proved that Beijing is still very keen on going after the Pro-democratic camp and will not spare professional elites. Image
3/ The latest decision effectively bans disqualified candidates from running in upcoming elections, basically sweeping all prospective democratic candidates out of the door. But more worrying is a plot paving ways put more democratic activists under the National Security Law. Image
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1/ To safeguard the city’s human rights and liberty, Hongkongers hope the new US administration can continue standing with HK and safeguarding our democratic values because supporting HK against suppressions is not a matter of left or right, but a matter of right or wrong.
2/ Beijing has never stopped its crackdowns on HK’s liberty, from the arrests of tens of thousands of HK protesters, the appointment of party committee members to university board, to the recent launch of national security hotlines that encourages snitching on neighbors.
3/ As far as I am aware, @KamalaHarris was also one of the co-sponsors of #HKHumanRightsandDemocracyAct. When Beijing started to use the new draconian law to arrest HK protesters, @JoeBiden condemned the repression and urged putting American values back to its foreign policy.
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1/ I recalled in last year a high-level official from a European country had openly said they don’t want to ‘’interfere in other people's issues"...
2/ ...despite the fact that companies of that country played a part in the brutality of Hong Kong police by supplying police vehicles. It is a typical display of the not-in-my-backyard mentality. However, we are living in a connected world. HK can serve as a story to learn from.
3/ We were unaware of the Chinese regime's intention to gain influence and control over our economy in the early years. And our economy now is to some extent too reliant on China, which makes our battle for freedom and democracy harder.
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