香港監察（Hong Kong Watch）舉行網上論壇，邀請得美國共和黨眾議員邱豪（Ted Yoho）、羅渣（Benedict Rogers）、公民黨梁家傑、本民前黃台仰等討論香港及國際局勢。
Hong Kong Watch’s webinar in today 10am (EST) invited U.S. Republican congressman Ted Yoho, Bendict Rogers, Alan Leung Ka Kit in Civic Party, Ray Wong Toi Yueng in Hong Kong indigenous to give a speech and discussing both Hong Kong and international situation nowadays.
Here’s Ray Wong’s speech and Chinese Translate.
Thanks for having me today. It’s my honour to speak to you from Germany. I amapolitical refugee in Germany, here for two and half years.
One year ago, I spoke at the German Parliament, the Bundestag, for the 30 year anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen massacre. I was asked whether I thought there would be more Hongkongers fleeing their country. My answer was: “I would not be the last, as long as Hong Kong is under the totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party.”
One year has passed and there are reportedly more than 250 Hongkongers seeking asylum all around the world. Given the upcoming legislation of the national security law, we are about to see the biggest wave of diaspora from Hong Kong since 1989.
Refugees from Hong Kong are in pain when thinking of the beloved homeland, now smothered with tear gas and with blood on the streets.
In response to the unilateral legislation of the national security law imposed by Beijing, the US has certified the dysfunction of One Country Two Systems, ( it is now One Country, One System).
The US will revoke the Special Status of Hong Kong. This will inevitably degrade Hongkong as an international financial and trading center and hit Hong Kong’s economy.
Yet I believe, taking a longer view, the West has no choice. China is oppressing the people of Hong Kong and trashing Hong Kong’s freedoms while at the same time benefitting from Hong Kong’s special status. We must insist that China becomes a responsible actor both domestically and internationally. The fight may damage Hong Kong in the short term but I believe it is right and Hong Kong will emerge stronger in the long term and help China on the right path.
Hong Kong has long been used by Beijing as a back door for the survival of the Chinese Communist Party, going back to the last Cold War. For example, during the Korean War in the 1950s, the CCP used HK as a backdoor to break the US embargoes. Strategic goods ranging from fuel to medicine as well as financial resources. Without Hong Kong, the CCP could hardly survive the U.S. embargo during the 50’s and 60’s.
Hong Kong continues to be a loophole for U.S. sanctions imposed on China.
China’s new start up, Megvii Technology, which is known for its facial recognition platform is blacklisted under the US Entity list, for the alleged involvement in human rights violations against Uyghurs in Xinjang. In the past decade, the CCP deployed state of the art technology to monitor its people.
In Xinjiang, China makes use of a vast secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs minority. The technology of facial recognition is integrated into China’s rapidly expanding networks of surveillance cameras. Mass surveillance has been the CCP’s most effective mean to stay in power.
Although Megvii Technology is in denial of its involvement in Xinjiang human rights violations, the U.S. sanctions prevented Megvii’s attempt to go public on the New York stock exchange. Instead Megvii has been trying to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This is an example of how Hong Kong serves China’s interests when companies are under US sanction.
Today Chinese companies rely on Hong Kong to act as a screen between the anti-competitive state-subsidized domestic and international markets. For example last week, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Asia’s second largest company by market capitalisation, raised $6 billion in a U.S. dollar bond sale in Hong Kong. China uses Hong Kong as a cash machine to draw USD.
美國最新嘅「香港自治法」參議院版本由杜梶（Pat Toomey）提出，眾議院版本由邱豪（Ted Yoho）提出，將可堵塞此漏洞。但凡以融資等方式協助中国打壓人權之銀行，皆受此法例制裁。
The new US “Hong Kong Autonomy Act”, the Senate version introduced by Senator Pat Toomey and the House version introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, will address these loop holes. It would penalize banks that do “significant transactions” with Chinese entities involved in suppressing Hong Kong’s freedoms and violate the city’s autonomy.
Banks and financial companies which work with these sanction entities would be banned from providing them with financial services. This could effectively cut those banks off from the U.S. financial system. The US must block Chinese banks and banks under the sanction list from the U.S. dollar clearing system.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. I have not mentioned, for example, how sensitive technologies have been imported from the US to China using Hong Kong as the back door. As long as Hong Kong remains a loophole for the US sanctions imposed on China, the effectiveness of sanctioning will be limited. China could continue to exploit Hong Kong for its expansionist purpose.
Despite the temporary damage to Hong Kong that none of us want, the US Congress should go ahead to pass the Autonomy Act, financially sanctioning China. Hong Kongers, are freedom-lovers and will always put human dignity, liberty, and democracy as our priorities. Some HongKongers adopt the strategy of Phoenixism: If Hong Kong gets burned, China would be burned with Hong Kong.
But we HongKongers will rise up from the ashes like a Phoenix.
Only if we are brave to walk on this path, will we have democracy and a true rebirth! Thank you!-------------------------------------------------
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