Xiang Qianqiang was the strong man of Kuomintang espionage in Hong Kong, and it was he who founded the Xinyi An Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the first cover for covert operations, which over the years became a mafia triad with long tentacles.

Xiang was known in the Kowloon district by the nickname of the “emperor,” given his early contempt for the people and his voracious financial appetite.

In 1947, the Xinyi An Chamber of Commerce and Industry was banned by the British government, forcing Xiang to flee to Taiwan in 1953, where he died.

After his death, his eldest son Xiang Huayan inherited Xinyi An, by then a powerful Hong Kong triad, which after some time took full control after the elimination of the local 14K gang.

But Huayan realized that he needed to change his approach and began to clean up his image, managing to place legal businesses on the podium of the Hong Kong economy.

Xiang Huayan also sent his son Xiang Zhanwei to study law at the University of Sussex in the UK.

By 2000, Xiang Zhanwei, the third generation of Xinyi An, was competing with General Motors, Samsung, and also Lin Jianyue, Hong Kong’s richest man, for control of the city.

His 14% stake in the corporation, Kejian Development, catapulted him to listing and becoming a patriot in the eyes of the Communist Party.

According to Apollo Net, a digital newspaper, the Hong Kong triads, led by Xinyi An, were always under the control of the CCP, and now, in their eyes. Their strongmen are patriots facing the local counterrevolution.

Apollo Net also reported that Xinyi An has the most complete structure and the strictest hierarchy, as it is a triad with a hereditary hierarchy, which differentiates it from other gangs.

The Xiang family, for example, is the leader in Xinyi An, and Xinyi An is the leader of the other gangs.

Triads answer to the CCP in Hong Kong

On July 22, 2019, Reuters news agency, reported from Hong Kong, the performance of the triads in front of the anti-government demonstrations that shook the city.

In the city, the Democratic Party denounced the triad attacks on train passengers.

Meanwhile, Xinyi An’s triad elite provided money and espionage for the triumph of the CCP. The regime consolidated itself as the biggest watchdog of this patriotic gang, which became its Hong Kong Trojan horse.

China must ensure that Hong Kong is ruled by patriots, says Xi Jinping

For the general secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, the principle of “one country, two systems” is the best option for Hong Kong, as reported by Reuters on October 16. Xi made the comment during the opening of the 20th National Congress of the CCP.

Xi said, “China must ensure that Hong Kong is governed by patriots and will support the city in its integration with the mainland.”

Hong Kong triad political connections date back to Qing Dynasty

Tao Siju, a Communist Party official in charge of China’s law enforcement in Hong Kong since 1992 said, “Triad members are not always gangsters, as long as they are patriots concerned about Hong Kong’s prosperity.”

However, the triads have their roots in the secret societies and trade associations organized to protect territory, property, and illicit activities during the Qing Dynasty, which favored these gangs.

They were later used by the Kuomintang from 1911 onward to attack its detractors after the collapse of the Kuomintang.

Lam Cheuk-ting, a pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator, said of the triads, “The police and criminals now rule Yuen Long, they have joined forces to commit crimes.” He made these statements after being beaten during pro-democracy demonstrations in the face of CCP repression.

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