China Is Making Its Move

Written by Jason Simpkins
Posted May 21, 2020

After 23 years of semi-autonomous governance, Hong Kong is being absorbed into China directly.

No doubt, Beijing has been steadily eroding Hong Kong’s political freedoms and independent legal system for years.

And now the party is changing the Basic Law — Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, which guarantees rights those in Mainland China don't enjoy, including freedom of assembly and freedom of the press.

No more of this "One country, two systems." bullshit. That framework, which was agreed to when Great Britain handed the city back to China in 1997, is gone. 

Now, Hong Kong is set to become just one more Chinese metropolis to be strictly controlled by the central government.

With the world distracted by the Coronavirus, Beijing is reabsorbing Hong Kong in full, and using social distancing rules to keep people from protesting and force dissidents into quarantine or jail.

In a blatant attempt to smother the protests that have wracked the city for the past year, Beijing will pass a draconian national security law in Hong Kong by fiat, bypassing the city’s legislature and chief executive. 

It's also installed a new hardline representative in Hong Kong, called for patriotic education to instill more allegiance to China, and promoted a bill that would make it a criminal offense to disrespect China’s national anthem. 

Using the pandemic as an excuse, authorities have banned public gatherings through June 4, the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and a date that is traditionally marked with a large vigil in Hong Kong.

And it's not going to stop here.

Once China fully absorbs Hong Kong, Taiwan will be next.

Since mid-January (when the Coronavirus first began to spread), China's air force and navy have come to menace Taiwan on at least 10 separate occasions.

In March, the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted its first-ever night mission over the Taiwan Strait. And in April, its lone aircraft carrier, Liaoning, sailed through the Miyako Strait flanked by a convoy of five warships.

All of this while the USS Theodore Roosevelt (a key American carrier in the region) was sidelined by a Coronavirus outbreak. And indeed, U.S. forces have reported at least nine incidents with Chinese forces in the South China Sea, including the February 17 incident, in which a Chinese destroyer attacked a U.S. surveillance plane with a laser weapon.

China's nationalist president, Xi Jinping, has repeatedly said that China and Taiwan “must be reunified, and will surely be reunified,” and that the stalemate “should not be passed down generation after generation.”  And, as with Hong Kong, Beijing's hawkish authorities view the pandemic as the perfect cover under which to conduct an entirely new set of atrocities and complete the "One China" objective.

Make no mistake, with the United States and the world weakened by the pandemic that sprung from its very shores, China is making a naked attempt to seize control of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea in one fell swoop.

It's a lightning strike, but it's one I've been warning about for years — both as a contributor to The Outsider Club and as the Investment Director of The Wealth Warrior.

In fact, TWICE in 2015, I wrote articles predicting this very thing. (You can find them here and here.) In those articles, I detailed China's push for regional dominance, as well as its Cold War tactics of economic warfare and cyber-espionage against the United States.

"In the past 10 years, China’s economy has grown four times larger, while its military spending has tripled. There's no question that China's ambitious economic development has undermined U.S. interests. And it will continue to do so," I wrote. "China's rise has also imbued more confidence in its government, as the United States struggles more and more to impress its order upon the world...In short, we're at war with China. And it's not going well."

I went into even further detail in my premium trading service, The Wealth Warrior.

"We’ve seen trade wars, cyberattacks, and even military clashes," I warned. "All of these are leading to one thing: War."

And my most recent report for that service details China's latest efforts to build a "Death Star" — a laser weapon capable of destroying U.S. assets on land, at sea, and in space. 

You can find that here

Give it a look and sign up, because we're rapidly passing the point of no return.

War with China looms heavy on the horizon.

Fight on,

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Jason Simpkins is Assistant Managing Editor of the Outsider Club and Investment Director of Wall Street's Proving Ground, a financial advisory focused on security companies and defense contractors. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page. 

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