Huawei Vice Chairman Meng Wanzhou reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to postpone the prosecution, and then left Canada by plane for Shenzhen.
The incident occurred in 2018 and caused a rapid deterioration in Sino-US relations.
Liu Zhaojia, vice chairman of the National Society for Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said that the Meng Wanzhou incident was a strategic mistake in the United States. To Hong Kong political circles, it shows that the opposition should not have any hope for Western interests.
Liu Zhaojia: The United States has little benefit but great negative impact
Meng Wanzhou reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to suspend the prosecution and was immediately released in the Vancouver Court of Canada.
According to the agreement, if Meng Wanzhou reaches the specified conditions, the United States will withdraw the charges against her in December next year, four years after Meng Wanzhou's arrest.
Liu Zhaojia said that the Meng Wanzhou incident was a strategic error for the United States. The US government has benefited little from the case, but the negative impact has been significant.
He said that even if the measures taken by the United States against China include cutting off scientific and technological exchanges, they have little to do with the case. The Meng Wanzhou case not only affects Huawei, but also affects the US chip industry. The US does not have much to do with the economy. Benefit.
Politically, although the U.S. has to confess to domestic anti-China figures for arrest and prosecution, it also aroused Chinese anti-U.S. sentiment, dragged down Canadian companies’ business in China, and detrimental to U.S. interests in China, so it can be said to be a benefit. Incidents with fewer and more harmful effects.
Although the US has not softened, it is a diplomatic victory for China
Now that the Meng Wanzhou case is resolved, Liu Zhaojia said that it does not mean that Sino-US relations have eased.
He pointed out that the Meng Wanzhou incident was the same as the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. It was just a move by the US to refocus its energy on its strategic focus. It does not mean that the hardline China policy has failed. In fact, the US is still encircling China with its allies.
For China or the Chinese people, this is a diplomatic victory for the Chinese government. Naturally, there will be no concessions when European and American forces interfere in China’s internal affairs. The "list" clearly reflects the hardline position of the central government.
The opposition can be a patriot who meets the minimum standards if they stand for election
As far as the Hong Kong political situation is concerned, Liu Zhaojia believes that the incident reflects that the opposition should not have any hopes for Western interests.
Liu Zhaojia said that the opposition should recognize the facts and cannot expect the central government to make any concessions to external forces.
He said bluntly: "If the opposition wants to turn around immediately, it will not be too far." However, if the opposition wants to continue its political career, he believes that in the end, it will gradually transition to a patriot.
"You can be a patriot who meets the minimum standards, that is, you are willing to safeguard national sovereignty and security, are willing to act within the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law, refuse to collude with foreign forces, draw a clear line with anti-China chaos in Hong Kong, and support the central government." "One country, two systems" policy."
Liu Zhaojia said that in the future, Hong Kong's political structure will only consist of two camps of patriots and non-patriots. To participate in politics, the opposition must first show the sincerity of "willing to transform into patriots" to the central government, and also show determination in behavior.
The Sino-U.S. conflict does not involve interests in Hong Kong, but Hong Kong's economy has not been harmed for the time being
The Sino-US conflict will not be cooled by the Meng Wanzhou incident. Although China and the United States are Hong Kong's largest trading partners, will it have a negative impact on Hong Kong's economy?
Liu Zhaojia pointed out that the Sino-US conflicts in recent years have been "US offensive and China defended." The measures taken to examine the US, such as sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials, do not involve Hong Kong's economy.
"The United States has a lot of economic interests in Hong Kong. For example, there are many American investment banks operating in Hong Kong, and the United States also has a large trade deficit in Hong Kong." Liu Zhaojia said that the current measures will not have any impact on Hong Kong's economic status for the time being. "But if the U.S. takes irrational measures at the expense of its interests in Hong Kong, that is another way of saying it."
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