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US will never succeed playing Hong Kong card

By Ren Yu (People's Daily)    09:14, September 02, 2019

Some U.S. politicians have lost their mind by relating China’s domestic affairs to China-U.S. bilateral economic and trade consultations, which revealed their evil intension to contain China by throwing Hong Kong into turmoil.

Acting like backseat drivers, they made frequent remarks on Hong Kong, and wantonly interfered with China’s domestic affairs, saying “It will be much harder for us to make a deal if something violent happens in Hong Kong.”

However, they totally miscalculated, as China will by no means trade matters of principles or allow foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs.

Washington has hit the wall every time after it escalated its trade friction with China, and is facing broad opposition both domestically and internationally. And this time, some U.S. politicians are making new troubles out of the Hong Kong affairs.

“President Trump has shifted his stance on the unrest in Hong Kong in recent days to show greater solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters after coming to view the issue as a point of leverage in trade negotiations with China,” said New York Times in an article it recently published.

However, these U.S. politicians shall be reminded that China never compromises on its sovereignty - a bottom line of the country’s diplomacy that will never be overstepped.

It is totally wishful thinking that these politicians are imagining the world’s second largest economy to trade its sovereignty with the US. It proves that they have brought their bodies to the 21st century but left their brains in the old times.

After its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has constantly consolidated its position as an international financial, shipping and trading center, and has been rated by many global institutions as one of the freest economies and one of the most competitive regions in the world.

For Hong Kong, the “one country, two systems” principle is its greatest strength. By integrating its own development into the big picture of the national development of China, joining the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI), and implementing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area plan, Hong Kong will guarantee its long-term prosperity and stability, as well as a brighter future.

Turning a blind eye to the violent practices of the radical protesters and even teaming up with those criminals, the U.S. politicians have exposed their evil intention to mess up Hong Kong so as to hamper the development of China.

An ancient Chinese strategist Guan Zi once wrote, “Nothing is more beneficial than stability, and nothing is more detrimental than chaos.” 

At the moment when the world economy is faced with increasing downward pressure and discouraged market, the U.S. malicious attempt to cause disturbances in Hong Kong and undermine the prosperity and stability there will only harm China without benefiting the U.S. Besides, it will also aggravate fluctuations and uncertainties of the global economy.

Such practices would certainly incur strong disagreement among the international community and all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots.

Cooperation is better than confrontation, and consultation better than pressure.

Coming so far in the economic and trade frictions, China has always stayed rational and exercised restraints, despite the repeated provocation from the U.S.

China is determined to safeguard and defend the core interests of the country and the fundamental interests of its people, and will never compromise on major issues of principle.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs are beyond all question domestic affairs of China that are never allowed to be interfered by any foreign country, organization or individuals.

Deliberately mixing Hong Kong affairs with China-U.S. trade, the U.S. has underestimated China’s resolve and capability to safeguard its legitimate interests.

As Chinese President Xi Jinping has said, “Chinese people do not believe in fallacies, but we are not afraid of them; we do not make trouble, but we are not afraid of it. No country should entertain the fantasy that China will allow its sovereignty, security, and development interests to be infringed upon.”

Chinese economy is not a small pond, but a vast ocean. It has enough room, resilience, strength, and capability to withstand any storm. It must be clear that China had not and will not make any unprincipled concession on China-U.S. economic and trade relations.

China has complete confidence to restore order in Hong Kong by drawing strength from the “one country, two systems” principle. It is also believed that Hong Kong will surely make a fresh start on its course of development and continue to shine in the international arena as the “Pearl of the Orient”.

The attempt to use Hong Kong as a bargaining chip to make a deal is nothing but daydream. Some U.S. politicians had better come to their senses, understand the real situation and pull back before going too far on the wrong path. 

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