Civil Disobedience In Hong Kong Or US Color Revolution Attempt?

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Note: Readers may have noticed that we have not been reporting on the Hong Kong protests with intensity. It is not because the protests are not impressive, they are. The problem for us is that we cannot tell the level of US influence over the protests. We have seen impressive protests in many parts of the world and sometimes only after they are over, is the US involvement evident.

China is the top priority of US foreign policy and it has been for quite some time. The US has changed it national security strategy from the failed ‘war on terror’ to ‘great power conflict’ with China and Russia as the top two powers with which the US is concerned. 

When we see protests against countries the US is targeting, we first look to see overt US involvement. Among the places we look is funding from the National Endowment for Democracy. NED is the overt regime change organization funded by the United States. As Le Monde Diplomatique reported in 2008: “The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was created in 1983, ostensibly as a non-profit-making organisation to promote human rights and democracy. In 1991 its first president, the historian Allen Weinstein, confessed to The Washington Post: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA” 

Through its four core organisations: the American Center for International Labour Solidarity led by the AFL-CIO now known as the Solidarity Center, the Center for International Private Enterprise, led by the US Chamber of Commerce; the National Republican Institute; and the National Democratic Institute, led by leaders of the two big business parties, NED has developed a much more sophisticated regime change operation. NED invests in non-governmental organizations, youth leaders and media to gradually build opposition to the target government. NED has been doing this in Hong Kong for many years.

This video from Russia Today, specifically discusses how the groups behind the current Hong Kong protests have been funded by NED.

Hong Kong democracy activists were caught on camera meeting with Julie Eadeh the political unit chief of US Consulate General in Hong Kong during the protests:

Exposing the identity of Eadeh greatly upset the United States and resulted in the US calling China a “thuggish regime” for identifying her. Protesters did not understand the concerns they said, since they had met with US officials in DC. Eadeh has been engaged in diplomatic missions across the globe, including “hot spots” from Baghdad to Beirut to Jerusalem to Taipei and Shanghai during her lengthy career with the US State Department.

So-called democracy activists from Hong Kong have indeed met with US officials when they have visited the US. Here they are meeting with a China-hawk, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as can be seen in this photo of Hong Kong democracy activists Nathan Law and Agnes Chow meeting Rep. Eliot Engel.

These protests also seem to be using tactics we have seen in US regime change operations in Ukraine, Venezuela and Nicaragua in recent years. The protests become violent — attack authorities or bystanders — seeking to get the police to respond with violence to video the police and claim they are being violent against protesters. 

Protesters attacked and beat a Global Times reporter, Fu Guohao. One protester used a US flag to beat Fu as he lay on the floor and while he was taken away by ambulance workers. Other protesters and first aid workers attempted to stop some who tried to trample the man, while pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki crouched beside him and tried to calm the attackers. 

After a heated argument, protesters allowed ambulance workers to take the man away on a stretcher.

Hong Kong police said they arrested five people for unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing weapons.

Here a group of protesters beat up a bystander:

In this video, they suckerpunch a driver at a road block

There is no doubt there are political issues between Hong Kong and China. With US regime change operations, there are usually legitimate issues that the US takes advantage of, but there is also no doubt that the US has been encouraging opposition to China and interfering in the internal affairs of China. Hong Kong and China need to develop their relationship without US interference. For all of these reasons we have been very cautious in reporting on the Hong Kong protests.

KZ

As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is one.

What’s been going on for months in Hong Kong has all the earmarks of a US orchestrated color revolution, aimed at destabilizing China by targeting it soft Hong Kong underbelly. 

In calling for reunification of China in the early 1980s, then-leader Deng Xiaoping said Hong Kong and Macau could retain their own economic, financial and governmental systems, Taiwan as well under a “one country, two systems” arrangement.

The above would be something like what the US 10th Amendment stipulates, stating: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Each of the 50 US states has its own electoral system, governing procedures, and laws that may differ from federal ones.

China’s soft underbelly in Western-oriented Hong Kong left it vulnerable to what’s going on. US dirty hands likely orchestrated and manipulated pro-Western 5th column elements behind months of anti-Beijing protests.

Dubbed Occupy Central, China’s leadership is well aware of what’s going on and the high stakes. Beijing is faced with a dilemma.

Cracking down forcefully to end disruptive Hong Kong protests could discourage foreign investments. Letting them continue endlessly can destabilize the nation.

US war on China by other means aims to marginalize, weaken, contain, and isolate the country — because of its sovereign independence, unwillingness to bend to US interests, and its growing political, economic, financial, and military development.

China’s emergence as a world power threatens Washington’s aim to control other countries, their resources and populations worldwide.

Its successful economic model, producing sustained growth, embarrasses the US-led unfair, exploitive Western “free market”  system.

The US eliminated the Japanese economic threat in the 1980s, a similar one from the Asian Tiger economies in the 1990s, and now it’s China’s turn to be taken down.

Its leadership understands what’s going on and is countering it in its own way. China is a more formidable and resourceful US adversary than earlier ones.

Its strategy includes taking a longterm approach toward achieving its objectives with plenty of economic and financial ability to counter US tactics.

It may become the first post-WW II nation to defeat Washington’s imperial game, making the new millennium China’s century in the decades ahead.

US strategies to control other nations include preemptive wars of aggression, old-fashioned coups, and color revolutions — what appears to be going on in Hong Kong.

This form of covert war first played out in Belgrade, Serbia in 2000. What appeared to be a spontaneous political uprising was developed by RAND Corporation strategist in the 1990s — the concept of swarming.

It replicates “communication patterns and movement of” bees and other insects used against nations to destabilize and topple their governments.

The CIA, (anti-democratic) National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI), National (undemocratic) Democratic Institute, and USAID are involved.

Their mission is disruptively subverting democracy and instigating regime change through labor strikes, mass street protests, major media agitprop, and whatever else it takes short of military conflict.

Belgrade in 2000 was the prototype test drive for this strategy. When subsequently used, it experienced successes and failures, the former notably in Ukraine twice — in late 2004/early 2005, again in late 2013/early 2014.

US color revolution attempts have a common thread, aiming to achieve what the Pentagon calls “full spectrum dominance” — notably by neutralizing and controlling Russia and China, Washington’s main rival powers, adversaries because of their sovereign independence.

Controlling resource-rich Eurasia, that includes the Middle East, along with Venezuelan world’s largest oil reserves, is a key US imperial aim.

Swarming tactics are being used in Kong Kong. According to RAND strategists John Arquilla and David Ronfeld, it’s war by other means.

It exploits the information revolution and social media to take full advantage of “network-based organizations linked via email and mobile phones to enhance the potential of swarming.”

In 1993, Arquilla and Ronfeldt explained that “warfare is no longer primarily a function of who puts the most capital, labor and technology on the battlefield, but of who has the best information” and uses it advantageously. 

State-of-the art IT techniques use “advanced computerized information and communications technologies and related innovations in organization and management theory,” they explained. 

Information technologies “communicate, consult, coordinate, and operate together across greater distances.” 

Cyberwar today is what blitzkrieg was to 20th century warfare, involving “irregular modes of conflict, including terror, crime, and militant social activism.”

Both strategists believed swarming could “emerge as a definitive doctrine (to) encompass and enliven both cyberwar and netwar.” 

They called swarming a way to strike from all directions in an overwhelming fashion, believing what works in combat theaters can be effective in waging war by other means in cities.

The strategy appears to be in play against China by targeting Hong Kong.

On August 12, Beijing’s official People’s Daily broadsheet said the city “is not and shall not be the frontline of US and China,” adding:

“Hong Kong has been rocked by chaos and violence for weeks, and the violence is getting more and more intense.” 

“What is going on in Hong Kong? There is already evidence of interference by foreign forces.” 

“As Chinese officials have pointed out, the situation in Hong Kong bears the features of a (US-orchestrated) color revolution.”

“US politicians have openly supported the unrest, and anti-China forces are working behind the scenes.” 

“(T)he US government often uses democracy promotion to attack other countries, and China has always been a major target.”

“Some US politicians dream of making China look and act more like the United States. One reason we are seeing increased pressure on China is because those who have tried to change China over the years via other methods have failed and there is growing fear that China is getting too powerful, so the Uncle Sam will never miss any opportunity to undermine China.”

“…Hong Kong is Chinese territory. This means that the city is not and shall not be a playground for anti-China forces.” 

“China is no longer a poor and weak country that cannot stand up to foreign interference.” 

“The country has enough methods and strength to quickly quell the unrest and smash foreign plots when such actions are deemed necessary to protect national sovereignty and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.”

Beijing will deal with what’s going on in Hong Kong in ways it believes are most effective.

US destabilization and other hostile tactics make resolving major bilateral differences all the harder.

If Trump regime anti-China hardball tactics accelerate already weakening global economic conditions, including in the US, DJT could end up a one-term president.

Sino/Russian unity is also being strengthened to counter hostile US actions — a vital anti-imperial alliance US strategists fear.

  • Jim Gibbons

    I began reading this piece thinking that it would be a very biased anti-free market piece, but is very well written and thought out.

  • kevinzeese

    Good to hear. We are going to be writing more about Hong Kong and China because China is the top target of US foreign policy. Hong Kong is an extreme capitalist city. It is a center for international finance, has neoliberal free market that emphasizes privitization and as a result has some of the big problems that system produces. There is an very wide wealth divide, inadequate housing that is tiny (the size of a prison cell, too often) and expensive. People work long hours for low and inadequate pay. Hong Kong is this way because that is how the UK left it and it is transition from that era. China is experimeneting with various economic models across their nation. We want to explore that more because we can learn from their experiments and because it is not discussed in the United States.

  • WilliamG

    Thank you for not assuming that just because it’s a protest, it’s something that leftists should be supporting. Too many of us are still being confused and taken in by these western sponsored “color” revolutions.
    For better understanding China, and current events in Hong Kong, I highly recommend following 21SilkRd: https://www.facebook.com/groups/947867908642430/

  • chetdude

    I hear the uncritical coverage of these protests in Hong Kong on NPR**, especially the language used to describe the components involved — the action words and descriptions — and can’t help contrasting it to the coverage of the exact same kinds of protests and the PTB responses to them here in USAmerica.

    Try it…

    ** Reminiscent of the demonization of the Venezuelan government, glorification of the Oligarchs and Usurper and complete blackout of the thoughts and actions of the majority of the Venezuelan People.

  • Jon

    This is my take on it so far, but agreed it is complex and not one dimensional at all:
    As usual, most of the violence is coming from police. I see a

    parallel between the Hong Kong protests and the initial Arab Spring

    protests against Assad in Syria. The latter were huge and peaceful,

    but were infiltrated by the likes of Al Qaeda and ISIS, both of which

    had at least indirect connections to the US in the effort to

    destabilize Syria and create regime change. The violent Assad

    response to the initial peaceful protests, and this opportunistic

    intrusion and ought both to be condemned.

    We need to assess carefully the class content of protests, not

    simply say “sponsored by the US,” even if the latter is providing

    support for their own reasons. I am reminded of the silly assertion

    that we protesters of the atrocities committed by the US in Vietnam

    were “inspired and financed by the USSR,” which was patently absurd.

    We were indignant and we hated the betrayal of the stated values of

    the US in the Declaration and Constitution. Interfering with

    transportation etc. is not a violent act, but spraying tear gas at

    peaceful demonstrators is. If someone was injured by protesters, as is

    apparently the case, we can criticize that act, but that one act does

    not negate the viability of the just cause of preventing extradition

    to China for political offenses, in a justice system that finds nearly

    all those accused, guilty. Jon

  • Nikolas Bourbaki

    One tactic that the US uses to instigate these color revolutions are conspiracy theories. The whole protest started fueled by the conspiracy theory that the extradition law was a law that the Mainland and HK’s Carrie Lam came up with to destroy HK’s political freedoms. There is no evidence t support such a theory. Even opposition politicians in HK have said the law is the work of Lam and her cronies. The Mainland had nothing to do with it. Additionally, upon close reading of the law, it simply cannot curtail freedoms in HK. One can only be extradited for crimes which are also illegal in Hong Kong, not just the place where they occurred.

    The protestors do have legitimate concerns of things that are going on in their society but their complaints mirror those scene among protests in the US (Occupy) and France (Yellow vests). The NED and other tools of Empire have cleverly misdirected those legitimate worries. They channeled the anxiety, fear and anger of these gullible people to be directed at a socialist government for the problems that are caused by their hyper-capitalistic society.

    There is already massive backlash growing among the locals against the protestors and especially the rioters. I have a feeling that this will only cement unity among Chinese people across the country including those in HK in the coming months. This is another failed operation that will backfire. The people of the world are starting to realize what’s going on.