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China took over Hong Kong....what should the US response be?
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My first instinct is to butt out.

Probably not going to happen though. You know, being the Worlds police...





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China had some agreement with UK. Let the UK step up.

We can back the UK if they ask us to.
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California next?
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The problem [that I see] is that Hong Kong is somewhat of a business hub, and now that they will be further influenced by Chinese law, I can see them losing market share as businesses do not want to work with companies beholden to China's ridiculous censorship laws. If you operate a company in China and the government ask you a question, you're expected to immediately drop your pants. Remember how the FBI wanted Apple to unlock a phone and they said no? That doesn't happen in China. Businesses will be a bit reluctant to do business in Hong Kong, feeling that the HK companies are now all puppets of the government.

The agreement was set up a while ago, so everyone had plenty of time to prepare, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of global companies pull out of Hong Kong.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
China had some agreement with UK. Let the UK step up.

We can back the UK if they ask us to.
Totally agree. HK was a UK colony. It's on them. Not US.
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HK is about as far away from the UK as one can get...UKs response won't do much to curb Chinas advance....China is going to have to deal with a, hopefully, seriously militant HK population....
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We can’t handle couple hundred gay asses in Seattle. What are we going to do with China?
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China can steamroll HK if they want to and HK can't do a thing about it except to hope for international pressure, which won't mean much to China if they're hellbent on doing it.
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This started in the mid 80's with the slow transitions from British rule to mainland China, so it's been 35 years in the making. Then the handover was official sometime in the late 90's. So before Y2K, Hong Kong was already flying China's flag from all official buildings. So it's not like China up and invaded them or took over by force.

ETA:
I just looked it up - Britain officially handed sovereignty back to China on June 30, 1997.

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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
This started in the mid 80's with the slow transitions from British rule to mainland China, so it's been 35 years in the making. Then the handover was official sometime in the late 90's. So before Y2K, Hong Kong was already flying China's flag from all official buildings. So it's not like China up and invaded them or took over by force.

ETA:
I just looked it up - Britain officially handed sovereignty back to China on June 30, 1997.
China agreed to allow Hong Kong to operate under a policy of “One Country, Two Systems” Until 2047. Needless to say, the Chinese seem to be unable to comply with any international agreements. This is a problem for the UK to take the lead on. The US and the rest of the world need to understand that any agreement with China is not worth the paper it is written on.
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The UK gave up Hong Kong to China years ago, whatever agreement was made is irrelavent as the UK will do nothing, hell they can't even get there own shit in order.
FWIW I'm a Brit, they might aswell pull the flag down and turn of the lights, it's over.

Sorry for the short rant.
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It was inevitable that Hong Kong would be brought under more direct control sooner rather than later.

I foresee Singapore picking up a lot of international business relocations.

The Taiwan situation will be much more interesting as China tries to reclaim the territory.

And the whole South China Sea adventure could get ugly if an itchy trigger finger slips.
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Not our problem.
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Isnt Hong Kong in China? Like Va is in the US?
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I'm sure we can find SOMETHING to send them................................
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Companies are fleeing HK in droves, or so I've read.

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