To stop violence and chaos in Hong Kong is the popular will

By Zhong Sheng

The US Congress passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 recently in an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of China, regardless of the solemn representations from China and the strong opposition of the Hong Kong society.

Driven by the political conspiracy to disrupt Hong Kong and curb China’s development, some US officials have openly supported the Hong Kong rioters and fueled the already messed-up situation in the region.

As a serious breach of morality and nature justice, they choose to secure personal interests at others’ expense, and will certainly pay the price in the end.

At present, the most pressing task for Hong Kong is to bring violence and chaos to an end and restore order. One thing we’ve learnt from the turbulent regions of the world is that social disorder always results in human rights and democracy being damaged badly.

Hong Kong has been put into chaos for quite a while. Radical protesters have recklessly committed many heinous and violent crimes, and even caused innocent citizens to die.

They smashed and burned shops, greatly disabled the traffic, blocked universities and caused classes to be suspended, threatening and endangering the basic rights and freedom of Hong Kong citizens.

None of the countries in the world that feature civil society and rule of law could tolerate such violent acts and wanton destruction.

To stop violence and end chaos is a requirement of civil society, rule of law and the popular will.

Only by punishing and stopping the violent rioters in accordance with the law can we maintain the well-being of the local people as well as the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

Anyone with conscience and a sense of justice is well aware that Hong Kong can’t continue to be chaotic anymore.

As reported by Lianhe Zaobao, the largest Singapore-based Chinese-language newspaper, Hong Kong’s signature neon light billboards are turning off because of the turmoil, symbolizing the dimming future of the region.

As one of the world’s most important trading and financial centers, Hong Kong needs to climb out of the current situation, if not, the chaos will bring disaster on both Hong Kong residents and foreign companies there.

In fact, many American enterprises in Hong Kong have already become worried about the chaos.

Statistics from the US suggest that the country has witnessed a larger trade surplus with Hong Kong compared with its other global trading partners in the past 10 years, with the number exceeding $33 billion in 2018 alone.

Among the 1,344 American companies stationed in Hong Kong, 278 are regional headquarters. In addition, about 85,000 Americans live in Hong Kong.

Tara Joseph, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, has kept a clear mind and said repeatedly that it is crucial to see an end to violence in Hong Kong.

Some US politicians, however, challenged the world justice and seek personal gains out of the chaos, which has invited criticism from the international community.

It should be noticed that the US has stirred up trouble in Hong Kong in its own interests, said Tariq Senuti, an Egyptian journalist, adding that the Hong Kong issue is not as simple as it seems and the political interests hidden behind are the major forces that have continued to escalate it.

The Hong Kong-related bill passed by the US has blatantly interfered in China’s internal affairs, distorted the truth, supported the anti-China radicals and seriously violated the international law and basic norms of international relations.

The dark clouds could never hide the sun forever and one day it will be clear again. More and more Hong Kong citizens have stepped up efforts to clear the roadblocks and support the police to resist the violent protesters and false democracy.

Facts have repeatedly proven that to achieve development and prosperity requires order and rule of law.

Recently, 20 companies in Hong Kong jointly issued an open letter with the five major chambers of commerce in Hong Kong, calling on people who love Hong Kong to make efforts in order to finally stop the violence and chaos and protect their homeland.

There is no doubt that to stop the violence and chaos is what the majority want and any kind of hegemonic interference by the US is destined to fail.

Some American politicians should realize the historical trend and the aspiration of Hong Kong residents, and stop interfering in the affairs of Hong Kong and the internal affairs of China.

China will never allow any external force to undermine the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and the “one country, two systems” policy.

(Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)