The increased repression of Hong Kong, together with the multiple failures of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to deal with the CCP Virus, could mean the decline of the regime as a world power.
The CCP is currently studying a bill that would increases controls on Hong Kong citizens, generating new protests, which have been strongly repressed in front of the countries that support Hong Kong.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes that the city will lose autonomy, which the CCP promised to respect when it was ceded to it by the British government in 1997.
“Today, I reported to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, given the facts on the ground. The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong,” Pompeo wrote in one of his tweets.
Today, I reported to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China, given facts on the ground. The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 27, 2020
Reinhard Butikofer, chairman of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China, described the regime’s leaders as “arrogant and aggressive”, adding that they had “squarely ignoring” their international treaty obligations, according to the South China Morning Post of May 27.
In addition, the discontent of more than 100 countries led them to demand an investigation into the CCP’s irregular handling of the CCP Virus outbreak, which has killed more than 350,000 people and is close to 6 million infected worldwide.
After refusing to be investigated the CCP agreed, but the decision on when to start the investigation was left to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was accused of complicity with the CCP in delaying procedures followed by the WHO in giving notice of the danger of the pandemic.
The CCP punished Australia for requesting that such an investigation be initiated. As a result, it stopped importing Australian barley and at least a third of the meat it used to buy.
At the same time, it increased its aggressive tactics with its neighbors: it established two new administrative districts in the South China Sea, rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, tried to police the waters of the Japanese controlled Senkaku Islands, and caused friction on the border with India.
In addition, once the outbreak of the CCP Virus in China was known, it acquired almost all the personal protection materials of several countries, and then bartering with them.
To aggravate the situation, several countries that purchased materials and equipment to address the pandemic crisis from the CCP returned them and complained about their poor quality.
In addition, it tried to blame the United States for the spread of the CCP Virus through an active international campaign, activated from its embassies and consulates.
All these controversial events have convinced several countries, including the United States and Japan, that they can no longer trust their factories to continue producing on Chinese territory, so they have started moving them elsewhere.
These ill-advised intimidation tactics by the CCP have helped to further damage and isolate the regime, driving away investors.
It should be recalled that the serious and constant violations of human rights constitute an inexhaustible subject of international claims against the CCP.
For some analysts, the global scenario it faces is “the most daunting international environment since it began opening up in the late 1970s, and now it risks suffering lasting damage to its image and interests,” according to Project Syndicate, which could mean its definitive decline at the international level.