I’ve been watching the Hong Kong protests out of the corner of my eye for months. We talked with our dear friend, Gordon Chang about it last week — Gordon made an interesting historical point, that revolutionary change in China often comes from the outside in.
Even as two million Hong Kongese took to the streets this past week, the world was largely silent.
Hong Kongese are actually flying American flags and singing the American anthem — because that’s their symbol of freedom. And they want America’s attention, which it hadn’t had.
Then President Donald Trump threw a few rhetorical bombshells into the mix, via Twitter:
I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?
Flattery and praise — but saying, pretty clearly, don’t touch these protesters violently.
And then he followed up a day later:
If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!
Trump’s suggestion was impossible, but it put Xi on the spot.
What a showdown.
I’m curious. I’m hopeful. I want the news. And obviously, I don’t trust the state broadcaster — either China’s, or Canada's.
So we’re going to send our own reporter to China — in fact, he just landed there!
Our friend Avi Yemini, the Australian who I’ve gotten to know over the past year. You probably know him from Tommy Robinson's site TR.news. I’ve seen his journalism, both in the UK and Australia and he’s really good. He has courage; he’s not afraid of a bit of tear gas; he’s got a great sense of humour; and he cares about freedom.
For the next four days, he’s going to be filing guest reports for The Rebel about these protests.
We’ve set up a special website, HongKongReports.com. And we should have videos on it as soon as tomorrow night.
We’ve sent Avi and a cameraman — so that’s two flights, a hotel, taxi fare and meals. Total cost will be around $4,000 by the time we’re done — if you can help us chip in, please do, at Hong Kong Reports.com.
We want the world to see the truth.
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