“Taiwan Faces Even Greater Danger With Hong Kong Fall”

In his small bookstore in Taipei, filled with books on resistance and freedom, Lam Wing Kee lives with the memory that he is a man scarred by the Chinese regime. Drops of red paint on the floor remind of the passage of supporters of the communist regime. They have come to destroy his business a number of times in the past.

Lam Wing Kee was jailed in China for selling books banned by the Chinese government while still residing in Hong Kong.

Lam Wing Kee built a bookstore dedicated to freedom in Taipei.

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Kong n’est plus le HongKong du passé”,”text”:”HongKong n’est plus le HongKong du passé”}}”>Hong Kong is no longer the Hong Kong of the pasthe said. Kong chinois aujourd’hui. La Chine a commencé à détruire la ville avec la loi sur l’extradition en 2019 puis l’imposition de la loi nationale sur la sécurité en 2020. La loi chinoise s’applique à HongKong. Il n’y a plus de libertés.”,”text”:”On doit plutôt dire HongKong chinois aujourd’hui. La Chine a commencé à détruire la ville avec la loi sur l’extradition en 2019 puis l’imposition de la loi nationale sur la sécurité en 2020. La loi chinoise s’applique à HongKong. Il n’y a plus de libertés.”}}”>We should rather say Chinese Hong Kong today. China began demolishing the city with the extradition law in 2019 and the imposition of the National Security Law in 2020. Chinese law applies to Hong Kong. There are no more freedoms.

Sang Pu is a Hong Kong political commentator who has been inundated with interview requests this week. He studied in Taiwan before returning home in the early 2000s and eventually relocating to Taiwan because of the rapidly eroding freedoms. Friends recently told him he would be arrested if he ever set foot in Hong Kong again.

You know what, the worst is yet to come for Hong Konghe warns. The Hong Kong government wants to gain even more law enforcement powers by enacting a law against anything it deems fake news.

Sang Pu accuses China of rewriting history, particularly in school textbooks, by denying Hong Kong was ever a British colony.

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23 de la loi fondamentale pour interdire la trahison, la sécession et la sédition. C’est une version encore plus autoritaire de la loi sur la sécurité nationale.”,”text”:”Il veut aussi adopter l’article23 de la loi fondamentale pour interdire la trahison, la sécession et la sédition. C’est une version encore plus autoritaire de la loi sur la sécurité nationale.”}}”>He also wants to pass Article 23 of the Basic Law to ban treason, secession and hate speech. It’s an even more authoritarian version of the National Security Act.

Although he mourns his Hong Kong, Lam Wing Kee believes that his compatriots can find freedom within themselves.

Kong comme endroit physique n’est pas important. Ce qui compte, c’est le peuple. La liberté de penser est le plus important. Ceux qui quittent HongKong se libèrent.”,”text”:”HongKong comme endroit physique n’est pas important. Ce qui compte, c’est le peuple. La liberté de penser est le plus important. Ceux qui quittent HongKong se libèrent.”}}”>Hong Kong as a physical location is not important. What matters are the people. Freedom of expression is the most important thing. Those leaving Hong Kong will be freed.

Sang Pu, on the other hand, continues to hope for a return to Hong Kong’s freedom. He praises the resilience of the citizens.

We are not violent, we are resistershe explains. No tyrannical regime can last forever. Autocracy cannot last. We see that the Chinese regime is faltering a bit. The economy is slowing down. Part of the population is angry with the government.

Concerts and fireworks: Hong Kong today celebrated the 25th anniversary of its return to Beijing by the British regime. Report by Philippe Leblanc

Taiwan, the next Chinese destination?

Several Chinese officials are alluding to what they call China’s reunification, bringing Taiwan back by any means possible, including violence. Sang Pu believes Hong Kong’s fate is a serious warning for his new homeland.

Taiwan faces an even greater danger with the fall of Hong Konghe believes. Taiwan is now the key place to protect to preserve democracy. The whole world must be on high alert for possible aggression from China.

Lam Wing Kee feels it is his responsibility to protect Taiwan. He attends seminars on the university campus and welcomes Taiwanese from all walks of life to his bookstore. His weapon: awareness and education.

You can use books to understand China, to understand Taiwan, and to understand what is driving everything that is happening now. We have to face the current problems and know what to expect. I’m not too worried about Taiwan because they have an army that Hong Kong doesn’t have.

Sang Pu, on the other hand, believes Taiwan should rightly bolster its military capabilities and fight those trying to wreak havoc from within.

There are many Chinese employees operating in Taiwan.he says. They are trying to rot the system from within and destabilize the island. You must be aware of this.

For these Hong Kong emigrants, their fate is proof that the Chinese promise to respect the principle One country, two systems are lies and that Taiwan must hold on to its freedoms.

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