Protest Diplomacy

Radio NZ News

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US officials reported that John Kerry will be discussing with Chinese Foreign Minister about the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers are hitting the streets to protest against the Chinese government selecting candidates for the post of Chief Executive due in 2017. Hong Kong belongs to China. What have the protests in Hong Kong to do with the US? Why should Kerry be involved in China’s internal affairs. How would the US react if China starts to interfere with the over the “Occupy Wall Street” protests? Can’t the US mind her own business? 

Somehow, the world turns a deaf ear when the US interferes with other sovereign nation’s internal affairs. It is as if by default the US has the right to assume the role of international judge and policeman. Such actions have invoke Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov to comment that “Washington must stop acting unilaterally, with no regard to other nations’ interests, and should engage in honest cooperation to tackle global problems.”

What is even more baffling is that whatever the US does is promptly echoed by the British.

ChannelNewsAsia“British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday (Sep 30) he will summon China’s ambassador to London over the protests in Hong Kong to express his “dismay and alarm” about the refusal to grant free elections.

“I’ll be summoning the Chinese ambassador to express to the ambassador my dismay and alarm,” he said, according to a statement from his office, with a spokesman saying only that the meeting had been requested for this week.

“The Chinese authorities in Beijing seem determined to refuse to give to the people of Hong Kong what they are perfectly entitled to expect, which is free, fair, open elections based on universal suffrage, as guaranteed by the joint declaration signed by the Chinese and British governments,” he said.”

In this instance, the British could still have a “moral responsibility” to Hong Kong as she was a party to the return of Hong Kong to China. Certainly US has no such need to be involved. The world may now await for similar actions coming from Canada and Australia. Both these countries have a tendency to follow whatever US says and does.

Citizens of Singapore may soon see the US, Britain, Canada and Australia flooding into the fields of Hong Lim Park to support the protests. For the moment, the Hong Lim Park protests involved only a handful of people. It is still too small to be noticed. Once the  numbers grow and people hit the streets, perhaps then, that may stir US interests to get involved.

Leviticus 25:17
Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God:for I am the Lord your God.