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It has all been evolving in accordance with the script penned in Washington, London, and other Western capitals: pro-Western militants were first identified, then recruited. Riots were financed and supported; society, at least to some extent, destabilized. When the government could not just stand by and watch, when it finally acted, the Western media went into overdrive, attacking it ferociously for ‘violating rights’ and for ‘acting undemocratically’.

Nothing new, really. Tens, perhaps hundreds of governments have already been overthrown, all over the world, with the help of this ‘libretto’.

It is always done “in the name of freedom and democracy”, at least on paper. In reality, the burlesque and cheap tragi-comedy is performed for one and only reason: to keep power in the hands of Western governments, particularly Washington. It goes without saying that the West never really cared about the lives of non-Westerners. In virtually all parts of the world, including China, the lives of ‘The Others’ have been continuously sacrificed for the mercantile and other pragmatic interests of Western empires.

Hong Kong is no exception. And it takes great discipline not to see and understand it.

All that has been done in 2019 and 2020, is to harm the most populous and greatly successful socialist country – China. And the reason why China is, among a few other nations on Earth, singled out for smearing and continuous attacks, is because it has managed to develop and implement a much more prosperous political, economic and above all, social system, than the West. It puts its people first, and it is relentlessly searching for novel concepts which bring benefits to its population of 1.4 billion, and to the entire world.

The more successful China gets, the more endangered the Western regime becomes.

Washington, London and others, have already tried to infiltrate Mainland China with propaganda, with countless hostile NGOs and an entire army of ‘academics’ and journalists. But they have squarely and patently failed. Subversions and interference in China’s domestic affairs have been detected, confronted and finally stopped.

Hong Kong was identified as the “soft spot” or “Achilles Heel”.

The West has thrown tremendous resources into the territory, first in 2014 (during the so-called “Umbrella Revolution”), and later in 2019. On both occasions, it recruited mostly young people who have been frustrated with the fundamentalist capitalism, corruption and prohibitive cost of living. Highly professional Western propagandists made sure of totally twisting the reality, directing the wrath of some uninformed and unsatisfied people towards socialist Beijing, instead of at the reminiscences of the perverse regime which had been injected into Hong Kong by the British colonialists.

But even this approach and strategy, which has been so ‘successful’ in countless countries worldwide, has failed again.

With great determination, China (including Hong Kong), defeated COVID-19, all over its vast territory. While the West has clearly failed its people, and instead of fighting the virus, resorted to ugly propaganda and the cheapest imaginable disinformation tricks, snapping at China, Russia and other confident and socialist countries.

But the West has never really given up: Hong Kong, until now is still designated as the place to be destabilized.


This is how Reuters began its report, reprinted by The Globe and Mail, and many other publications, on 19 April, 2020:

“Suppressing Hong Kong’s democracy movement is a priority for China, even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, a top pro-democracy leader said on Sunday, a day after police arrested him and 14 others in a surprise crackdown.

The United States and others criticized the arrest of the 15 on charges of organizing and participating in anti-government protests last year, the biggest crackdown on the pro-democracy movement since the outbreak of the protests almost a year ago.

“This is all happening while we are in midst of a pandemic,” pro-democracy activist Avery Ng told Reuters by telephone.”

This is how propaganda works. Instead of reporting the news first, or quoting official Chinese or Hong Kong sources (as would be the case if the arrests, including of such dissidents like Mr. Assange, took place in London or New York), Reuters opens its piece with some quote from a militant. Not only is this bad journalism, but it goes against all norms of ‘objective’ reporting.

But all gloves are obviously off, and reporters seem to be paid not just by the number of words they produce, but by how much they succeed in smearing China.

The logic of such articles is obviously pitiful. It can, and should be thrown back to its source, and read:

“Suppressing democracy all over the world is a priority for Washington, even in the midst of the coronavirus crises, which so far has infected 755, 533 people in the United States (by 19 April, 2020), while claiming 33,903 lives.”

On top of it, the proposed Hong Kong Extradition Bill (from 2019) has never clearly been explained to anybody by the Western mass media. The Bill was actually designed to protect the people of Hong Kong from the oligarchy, corruption and the safeguards erected exclusively for the elites, at the expense of the ordinary citizens. This point will be addressed by me, as well as documented, in detail, during and after my next visit to Hong Kong.

The 15 people who were recently arrested, actually broke the laws of Hong Kong, interfered in the due legislative process of their own territory, and helped to ignite violence which threw their amazing city onto its knees. All this was done under the British and UK colonialist flags, and under the banners of the U.S. and Germany. All this, while the National Anthem of the United States was blasted from the portable speakers of rioters. Public property was destroyed and people were injured, some killed. The Police which reacted in extremely restrained, mild manner, was shamelessly smeared by countless Western media outlets. I witnessed this violence, reported on it, and documented it.

As was noted above, the script has already damaged countless countries. But it is an old script. And it no longer inspires almost anyone, except those in the old and new imperialist countries of the West.


Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Five of his latest books are “China Belt and Road Initiative”,China and Ecological Civilization” with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin America, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website, his Twitter and his Patreon.

(Republished from China Daily Hong Kong by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, China, Coronavirus, Hong Kong 
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  1. Andy, thanks. Very well explained. I’m not sure, through, that you should have told everyone what you’re going to do when, if, you survive your next trip to Hong Kong.

  2. I’m not sure who moderates this, but I hope you post my somewhat hostile comment.

    US and Europe are run by finance capital. The finance centers in the western world are run by Jews and to a lesser degree Chinese and Indians. They really don’t care about anyone other than themselves and despise the westerners whose society is host to them. That’s why it’s absurd to wonder if a bunch of banker oligarchs – primarily Jewish – care about non-westerners. They don’t! Unless they’re Jewish. That hostility is baked into their religion.

    To get rid of “western imperialism” you have to get rid of Jewish power and Jewish influence – particularly in the finance industry because it is their ability to get cheap credit that they are able to sustain their army of journalists and academics. To get rid of Jews in finance you have to remove the barriers to talking about Jewish power and influence – which means you need to delegitimize anti-semitism as it’s currently defined.

    I suspect the author doesn’t care about any of this. I think he just wants to libel the western world as racist and imperialistic so that the rest of the world will want to destroy it.

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  3. It’s about time they arrested those fifth columnists.

  4. d dan says:

    “The 15 people who were recently arrested, actually broke the laws of Hong Kong, interfered in the due legislative process of their own territory, and helped to ignite violence which threw their amazing city onto its knees.”

    They are actually sponsors and leaders of terrorism – arson, death threats, manslaughting and murders have all been committed by the so-called Hong Kong “protesters”, a.k.a. terrorists.

    The top guys among the 15 should be hung, or at least put in life imprisonment without parole.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  5. @suicidal_canadian

    “you need to delegitimize anti-semitism”
    Or, more simply, expose semitism for what it is. Everyone would be against semitism if they knew what it was, just as if Americans knew what “israel” is and does, there’d be ruptions.

  6. @d dan

    That can’t happen because Article 23 of the Basic Law has not been passed yet – as it should. I think the author misses that. In Macau it passed fairly quickly after the handover…. In Hong Kong they had mass demonstrations… Mass demonstrations about a law that is SUPPOSED to be implemented and negotiated by mainland China – Hong Kong leaders – and the British before the handover. I think that was the first major instance of foreign intervention (those protests).

  7. The author is right to see the HK “protests” as part of a long running “libretto” of Western imperialism.
    ” the proposed Hong Kong Extradition Bill (from 2019)” was the pretext for the HK protesters (the purpose: at best, undermine the whole HK/China political structure or at least force China into an over reaction, hopefully with some juicy violence, a-la Tiananmen square)
    The same music score was followed in the Ukraine to great success — well organized protests were simply born fully formed in response to the Ukraine’s rejection of the EU offers in favour of the better Russian offers.

  8. antibeast says:

    The USA CIA/NED planned, financed and supported the “Umbrella Revolution” in HK just like the “Euromaidan Revolution” in Kiev. In both cases, what started out as mundane protests against oligarchic corruption turned into an attempted coup against the political establishment in both HK and Kiev. In HK, Beijing had been reasserting its control of the HK SAR since its handover from the British in 1997. The US CIA/NED then decided to organize the pro-Western reactionary elements of HK society to wean control of HK back from Beijing in favor of the local comprador elites by staging protests in the name of “freedom and democracy”. In Kiev, the pro-Russian Victor Yanukovych who was the duly elected President of Ukraine was ousted in the so-called “Euromaidan Revolution” which was largely financed and supported by the USA CIA/NED, again in the name of “freedom and democracy”, whatever that means. The difference between Kiev and HK is this: Putin intervened immediately in the aftermath of the Euromaiden Revolution in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine while Xi waited until now to intervene in HK. With Western societies besieged with grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Beijing finally made its move against the pro-Western reactionary elements who had conspired with the US CIA/NED to foment instability in HK.

  9. flimsy says:

    Andre is still spreading communist BS since his wife tells him to.

    Such utter rubbish.

    • Replies: @Parbes
  10. Parbes says:

    Anti-communist filth like you is a hundred times worse, you flimsy-brained CIA POS.

  11. Not to worry, HK is cleaning up nicely.
    Beijing just passed the new security law, which also won the popular vote at UNHRC (50+ vs. 27), but you’ll probably never hear this in the MSM; here’s a list:

    (It’s a bit of a repeat of the Xinjiang case last year, which also won China the popular vote at UNHRC.)

  12. Beeboy says:

    I think he just wants to libel the western world as racist and imperialistic so that the rest of the world will want to destroy it.
    If the shoe fits,,,,,,

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