Ethnic Chinese slam Labor for CCP kowtowing on Hong Kong

So asks an angry Hongkie at the ABC today:

Before I returned to my birthplace, Hong Kong, to pursue my legal career 18 years ago, I spent 15 years growing up in Melbourne, during which I was an Australian Labor Party supporter.

Even after I left Australia and no longer voted in Australian elections, I continued to cheer on the ALP from afar.

I have always been a mainstream progressive who subscribed to their message of social justice and human rights, but open to economic liberalisation.

When it comes to standing up to authoritarians, the ALP has form.

John Curtin led the fight against fascists during World War II. Ben Chifley dealt firmly with Communist-infiltrated unions. Arthur Calwell spoke firmly against Communist movements.

Bob Hawke sided with the US against the Soviets, and he also granted asylum to all Chinese students in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Kevin Rudd spoke of Australia as authoritarian China’s “zhengyou”, being a Chinese term for a true friend who is not afraid to express disagreements.

With such history, if there were ever to be an archetype of people with whom Labor should firmly stand, the people of Hong Kong ought to be it.

Labor has stayed silent

Millions of protesters in Hong Kong who have protested in recent months are fighting for the very essence of progressive values: freedom from being extradited to face trial at a non-independent judicial system, freedom from fear when exercising one’s fundamental rights, the right to democratic governance. They have the courage to stand up to their authoritarian sovereign.

On July 24, peaceful pro-Hong Kong protesters at the University of Queensland were attacked by a nationalistic Chinese Communist mob.

The attack was later praised by China’s consulate-general in Brisbane.

It prompted Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne to issue a stern statement against such Chinese interference and in defence of free speech.

But the ALP was nowhere to be found.

Then came a similar but larger scale and more expletive-laden incident in Melbourne on August 16, during which an ABC cameraman was pushed over by a pro-Communist Chinese nationalist.

Similar but smaller-scale incidents took place in other Australian cities in those few days.

What did Hongkongers get from the ALP in the aftermath of that weekend?

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, who signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative, has been conspicuously silent.

As for federal Labor, Penny Wong (who I have long highly respected) made comments about the need for a calm and mature discussion about China.

Balancing interests

Sure, Australia’s policy towards China needs to balance competing interests.

But how hard can it be to speak up against Chinese nationalistic bullying against pro-Hong Kong voices on Australia’s own shores?

All this has left mainstream progressives like me in an unsatisfactory position of not being able to look to mainstream progressive support for Hong Kong in Australian politics.

The Liberal government has spoken out more than the ALP has in support of Hongkongers’ rights within Hong Kong’s “One Country, Two Systems” framework under China, but its tone is still circumspect compared with that of other Western nations.

And the most vociferous Australian political voices of support for Hong Kong and against expanding Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authoritarianism comes from the hard right of the Liberal Party.

While they have been right to identify the issues at hand, their rhetoric unhelpfully harks back to that of the Cold War.

But perhaps I should not be so surprised.

Recent hearings at the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption are investigating the extent of relationships between the ALP and persons suspected of being close with the CCP.

More generally, the CCP has long sought to quell criticisms from progressives in the western world by accusing those who question its stance and actions as racists.

It would not surprise me if the ALP would be subject to accusations of discrimination against mainland Chinese students and migrants if it stood more firmly in relation to Hong Kong.

That said, as someone who is proud to be ethnically Chinese, I actually find it more racist for progressives to think that Chinese people are all in the mould of the CCP and that we are culturally disinterested in democracy and human rights.

Further, with many US Democratic Party politicians, some British Labour politicians and some Canadian Liberal Party politicians now standing clearly with Hong Kong, the ALP risks becoming an outlier among English-speaking western progressive parties.

Let me be clear. I am not reflexively against everything that the CCP does.

Its record on economic reform in the past 40 years has been largely positive. Its success in leading the most number of people out of poverty in the shortest period of time in human history should be lauded.

All I ask for is that politicians in democracies such as Australia not shirk from calling out the CCP when it acts contrary to universal values of democracy and human rights, including in relation to Hong Kong.

And given their purported core values, mainstream progressive groups including Labor ought to be on the front lines in speaking up for the courageous people of Hong Kong, as well as for those who stand with Hongkongers on Australian shores.

Kevin Yam is a Hong Kong lawyer and political commentator. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not represent those of his employer or any organisations to which he may belong.

Sadly, Kevin, you can expect no support from kow towing Labor. It is the captured vessel of CCP interests whether by:

  • direct bribery;
  • the co-opting of its greybeards;
  • or ideological straight jacket.

The ScoMo Government is doing the bare minimum to push back at the CCP but that is still much better than what Labor would have done had it won the election. I honestly wonder if we would have lost the democracy had it won, given the scale of its corruption, its ideological blinders and an open borders madness that offered to bring in millions of Chinese parents.

Labor is on wrong side of history vis the CCP and it is going to be buried by it.

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  1. Speaking of history. was there ever someone as wrong as this bloke

    A lot of people lately have believed in the end of history and that what they personally wished was inevitable……they have taken the opportunity to step up from their small pond community organising to take positions which in the wrong circumstances can ruin countries.

    The times are calling for people born to empire as the Hong Kong leader is finding out………and many others, community organisers, real estate salesmen, journalists and dodgy businessmen are going to find themselves in a fierce light like that which falls on the scaffold.

    • What confuses me the most about that is his Nietzschean reference to the ‘last man’ but describing Christian beliefs realising themselves as ‘the end of history’ – an absolute solution! To be the ‘last man’ was a deep criticism of a particularly terminal case of ideology that would pre-empt beings of super-consciousness.

      This type of committed naivete, either directly or through the nihilism emergent from its rejection in practice has fostered the weak cultural environment that has allowed the implosion of.. everything.

  2. You have to understand the ALP’s real ideology here.

    The Hong Kong populace under British rule had less than ideal representation, less than ideal freedom, all at the hands of an un-elected governing class. But essentially, they weren’t free. That’s the way the ALP like them.

    When the British handed it over under one of the biggest frauds in history (Hong Kong and Kowloon was a permanent annexation, the new territories were a lease), the ‘one country, two systems actually promoted more freedom amongst the residents of Hong Kong. That caused a gnashing of teeth.

    The ALP doesn’t like the concept of citizens, of ‘free’ people. It likes subjects, the people of HK are now “too free” for the ALP’s liking, a commissar doesn’t like too much freedom. There must be authoritarian rule somewhere, it’s the ALP way.

    Then we have the Green’s saying “Hold my beer”.

    What the ALP and the Green’s want is:
    * One world
    * One people
    * One red flag

    We have a timid white populace in the western world, walking on egg shells and the slightest accusation of ‘racism’ indicates what is essentially, non-approval. The ideals of freedom, liberty, democratic representation have all been introduced by these now cowering nations, potentially the only ones capable of mounting an intellect and ideological defence of it.

    Maybe the answer is to ignore any non-white accusation. (and when that manifests itself, it isn’t going to be pretty).

    What we have, even seeing here on this website, the dissent and pushback against rampant immigration and multi-culturalism, is the loss of trust in our societies. The dissent against rampant abuse of welfare payments, rampant overuse of medicare due to no ID measures, the active exclusion of white people in employment by non-white employers, the unwinding of centuries long battles of labour vs capital by those too ignorant to understand.

    A high trust culture has (had?) a lot of implicit values, vulnerable to exploitation. Our once high trust society earned by generations of struggle, is being dismantled with relish because it is a dismantling ‘privilege’, rather than the ‘heritage’ that was gifted us by our forebears.

    The ALP indeed.

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      Yep. If the ALP had their way they’d take away all of our freedoms and have us working non stop in the communes!

      • Well the Soviets had commissars, to police all and sundry against wrong-think.

        Today they’re ‘diversity councils’, to police against wrong-think.

    • The commitment to that ‘type’ of thinking – the ‘leftist’ way of processing information leads to an objectification of that ‘type’ over the other ‘type’ (right/linear thinking). Of the 2 options we have as humans for information processing, that objectification pits one method of information processing against the other. The parallel/politically leftist thinking against the linear/politically right thinking.

      If leftist thinking is objectified as superior, usually through an identity like Marxism, Communism or Social Justice, then instead of being reinforced with logic or linear thinking it is reinforced with more of itself. That reflexive loop leads to a terminally degenerative set of ideas in the individual and in society/culture where only the most cynical and aggressive individuals thrive – if you value anything, have principles or conceptualisations of morality, if you even love your family then you have an un-optimized reality for those conditions – your individual mental constructions are abrasive to the smooth ideology – and you are at risk.

      Of course, the infinite rigidity of linear thinking reflexively backed by linear thinking is the fascist state.

  3. Unlikely ALP will find any drive outside of its cultural Marxist roots. At an earlier time ALP had a claim to relevance and there were impressive individuals who have stood up at points in time. Now ALP is riddled with identity class worriers with empty values and paper virtues. Best case is to recast itself with the greens.
    Other spectrum. Liberals must wake up and rediscover how social fabric is built. Our people in the past have fought and died for liberty, and values they hold dear. At very least war does shows what people care for. Money has value but has no intrinsic trust value for society.
    Hence current dilemma. We cant push back on China cause they have propped up our economy – all us Strayans care for.

  4. Local communists are turning up to Hong Kong rallies. Hard to know who these Baizou are supporting.

  5. ‘Labor is on wrong side of history vis the CCP and it is going to be buried by it.’

    Its sad isn’t it. I used to be a progressive back in the day too. And so many of the people were good, and meant well.

    It reminds me of the moment at the end of the first MIB movie. You know, when Tommy Lee Jones turns to Will Smith and says, ‘You don’t just look at the stars anymore’.

    When you understand the depths of the treachery of these fools, and for what – some bimbo thinking you are cooler because you make a little bit more money? For nothing… for peanuts… fml.

    Burn it with flame and sword – only way to kill this leftist abomination for good now. Its really sad.

  6. Hong Kong was never a ‘democracy’
    From inception Hong Kong was an island fortress able to be defended by the British navy to blockade China and impose their drug trade.
    The Chinese peasantry serving their colonial masters in Hong Kong for a long time never even had voting rights.
    Later in handover their descendants were given a vestige or pretence of governance – much like say a large city local council or district mayor.

    Their much fabled ‘British judicial system’ – totally corrupted in the last 2 decades by the Hong Kong & then the mainland criminal elite who sought refuge in Hong Kong as they could buy off the judges & police force while they ran their criminal trade & money laundering, -> no extradition treaty back to China.

    The Hong Kong people & students have never known a democracy, never participated in one & certainly have no claim to be defending it.

    The irony here is an ex communist now national socialist Han racist fascist (totalitarian) CCP regime

    Facing a rebellion by the descendants of Chinese peasantry who are defending their right to continue as a Hong Kong enclave & corrupted judiciary – no extradition.
    Because Hong Kong is controlled & run by this Hong Kong & mainland criminal exile elite.

    So we have a
    Chinese CCP mainland national socialist and highlighted racist & fascist regime
    The HK & mainland exile racist criminal elite.

    China will have to act.
    They have lost Taiwan for good.
    Their OBOR is a complete failure.
    They have lost any claim on the South China Sea.
    China has 3 major rebellions elsewhere.

    China will declare martial law.
    They will send in the Tanks & the armed soldiers.
    The Hong Kong effete protestors will be shut down.
    There will be thousands of detainees and imprisonments.
    And ideally (for China) a full on powerful bloody & violent intervention as a show of strength.
    No other nation will lift a finger – Hong Kong is part of China’s sovereignty.
    It’s the only way for China to save face and stop the contagion spreading.