Hong Kong is a small peninsula with islands that juts into the South China Sea on the southern coast of China. Its territory covers only about a 20 by 20 mile area.
Despite its small size, Hong Kong is one of the “world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports…world’s tenth-largest exporter, ninth-largest importer…and its legal tender (the Hong Kong dollar) is the world’s 13th-most traded currency. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world…and hosts the largest concentration of ultra high-net-worth individuals of any city” (Wikipedia).
Hong Kong also has a unique history. In 1857, it became a British colony, but was returned to mainland China 150 years later in 1997 under the auspices of “one country, two systems”. In other words, Hong Kong would be part of China (one country) but maintain economic and individual liberties not present in Communist China. Now only 22 years into the agreement, China is imposing ever-more control over this people who have tasted freedom and don’t want to give it back. Protests have rocked Hong Kong for weeks, garnering international attention.
What will China do? What will America do if China cracks down similar to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989? And why should Americans and Christians be paying attention to this left-wing power grab?
David Aikman, author and geopolitical analyst specializing in China and Russia, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview.