To the suppression of anti-government rallies in Hong Kong, which became the main task of China in relations with the former British colony, joined the local authorities. On the eve of the adoption of the law “On national security” that may 28 will adopt the ongoing Beijing session of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives, the Parliament of Hong Kong began considering the act respecting the national anthem of China “March of the volunteers”, written in the years of struggle against Japanese occupation. To combat the falsification of history on the 75th anniversary of the victory over Japanese militarism in Hong Kong also intend to carry out a radical reform of education, bringing educational programs in compliance with Chinese standards.The situation around the former British colony, in 1997, passed under the jurisdiction of Beijing in the Special administrative region of China, is rapidly heating up. On the eve of the adoption of the law “On national security” which provides for unprecedented restrictions on the freedom in the “free city” and is liable to put an end to the principle of “one country, two systems” (see “Kommersant” on may 25), “the last American warning” to Beijing sent the President of the United States Donald trump. “We are now something that we do. I think you will be very interesting. I’ll talk about this in the next couple of days,” said Mr. trump.And on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced to Congress: administration of Donald trump no longer thinks that Hong Kong retains autonomy from Beijing, which has been included in the transfer of the territory from British to Chinese authorities in 1997. As reported by the AP, this statement opens the way for the abolition of the U.S. authorities of preferential trade and the financial status that the former British colony have enjoyed the last 23 years.Still a few hours before the speech by Donald trump in Beijing said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called the pressure from Washington is “unprecedented”. “The problems that now fanned around Hong Kong, are issues relating to the internal Affairs of the people’s Republic of China, we them as such considering. I do not think that attempts by the United States to do and because of this problem some scandalous situations add the reliability of a dialogue with US on any other issues,” he said on Tuesday.Then the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China, Lijiang Zhao said that China “highly appreciates” the statement of Sergey Lavrov, and it “fully proves the high level of relations between the two countries.”Parliament of Hong Kong Wednesday began consideration of the law, defines the rules for the use of the national anthem of China “March of the volunteers”. The law provides for both administrative and criminal liability for disrespect to the national anthem of China — a fine of up to 50 t��S. Hong Kong dollars ($6,45 thousand) or imprisonment up to three years.”March of the volunteers” was written in 1935, before the creation of the people’s Republic of China, during the struggle against the Japanese occupation. Its author was a Chinese poet, playwright and composer Tian Han, who was arrested during the “cultural revolution”, he died in prison and was posthumously exonerated. In the mainland China accounting law that defines the rules for the use of the national anthem was adopted in 2017. The law provides for the execution of the “March of the volunteers” during important formal events, however, prohibits its use in commercial advertisement and private purposes that may be construed as disrespectful to the national anthem. For the rise of Patriotic education of the law on the national anthem also provides for the placement of the text on the covers of school notebooks and encourages the singing of a hymn by citizens during the official celebrations.Preparation for enactment of the respect for the national anthem of the PRC has caused in Hong Kong, a new surge of dissent. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong police once again used pepper gas to disperse the protesters. Was arrested nearly 300 demonstrators.Among the active participants of the protests — the students of schools and universities. Their touch is another initiative to rebuild Hong Kong under Chinese ideological standards. The wide resonance was caused by the statement of the head of administration of Hong Kong Carrie Lam plans in the coming months to reform the system of higher and secondary education, which local authorities consider to be “too liberal”. The scandal surrounding the Hong Kong education system erupted after the strong reaction of Beijing on the question of history in the entrance examination in University of Hong Kong, stated: “What was more important in the Japanese occupation of China — good or bad?” After that, the Chinese foreign Ministry stated that “the education system of Hong Kong should not be turned into the coop without a roof”, and the newspaper Global Times said that in Hong Kong “of the students preparing traitors”.Five years ago in Beijing in a big way celebrated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the country from the Japanese Kwantung army (China has lost this war, which lasted in its territory from 1937 to 1945, more than 35 million people). This year in connection with the 75th anniversary of victory, celebrated on 3 September, such a large-scale celebration including a military parade, not planned: in China organize such events once in a decade.However, the 75th anniversary of the victory for Beijing remains an important symbolic date, and next year the country will celebrate the centenary of the Communist party of China. Given this, the Hong Kong authorities in a hurry to start to instill in its people the Patriotic values of China and the drastic reform of education in accordance with the Chinese mill��visuals.”Despite long-standing attempts of the Chinese leadership to intervene in the constitutional process in Hong Kong, legislative initiatives and arrests democratic activists, after the removal of quarantine restrictions in pandemic protests gain a new power. In this situation, the Central authorities in Beijing do not see other exit, except crackdown to establish control over the city”,— explained “Kommersant” independent Hong Kong expert, founder of Content Solutions Brianstorm Brian Yong.Sergey Strokan
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