Inciting riots in another country will backfire
Updated 03:08, 26-Nov-2019

Editor's Note: The following article is taken from the Chinese-language "Commentaries on International Affairs." The article does not necessarily reflect the views of CGTN.

The US Congress passing of the so-called "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019" turns on a green light for atrocities and any attempt to incite violence to contain China is simply not going to work.  

A large number of facts show that the United States has long been involved in Hong Kong affairs. The Congress proposed from 1984 to 2014 more than 60 bills concerning Hong Kong. WikiLeaks in 2011 disclosed that the US Consulate General had repeatedly published opinions aimed at interfering in Hong Kong affairs and frequently met with opposition figures. From the various support provided by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to anti-China elements in Hong Kong, to open meetings between US politicians and Hong Kong's  pro-independence leaders; from some US media's biased reporting on the violence to attempts to implement the long-arm jurisdiction through the latest bill, the intentions of those US politicians to bring trouble to Hong Kong and contain China are clear.

The international community has generally slammed and condemned the acts. Robert Kuhn, chairman of the Kuhn Foundation, has said no country would allow violence to disrupt its society and undermine its economy, adding that the act "is detrimental for the United States, and for the world, as well as for China." Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the United States' violation of international norms through such acts will definitely cause serious damage to global stability. The United States has become a target of criticism for inciting violence for its own interests and that its attempt to intervene in Hong Kong affairs is unpopular.

However, in the minds of some politicians in the United States, "riots" could be dealt with employing double standards. A riot happening inside the United States must be heavily suppressed. As a result, people have seen US police dealing harshly with the 2011 Occupy Wall Street campaign and the 2015 Baltimore riots in Maryland. When it comes to external riots, the same politicians immediately changed their tones and painted the "riots" as "a beautiful sight to behold". They ignited and instigated riots, launched wars and "color revolutions", plunging many places in the world into chaos in order to seek political interests and safeguard its global hegemony.

In the past few decades, wherever the United States intervened, turmoil and poverty have been commonplace. That's why when some US politicians professed to stand with Hong Kong, many netizens ridiculed them, with one saying "Please do not. Last time when you stood with Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, they were all burned to the ground."

A just cause attracts much support, while an unjust one finds little. By publicly supporting violence, the politicians in the United States have seriously violated the basic norms of international law and international relations, and invited uncertainties to the future of their own country.  For example, the United States ignited war and turmoil in the Middle East, which has helped brew a large-scale refugee crisis, and had a tremendous impact on the social order of the Western countries, including the United States.

Hong Kong is not a kite in the hands of some Americans who could pull it as they wish. China's resolve to implement the "one country, two systems" principle and resist any outside interference in Hong Kong affairs is unwavering. Any attempt to incite violence to contain China is simply not going to work!