Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan aggravated the Beijing government (HKgov), and it also upset the Hong Kong government’s senior officials. Fifteen local government departments bombarded social media with remarks of displeasure. Chains of public statements were issued in a span of seven minutes, to “strongly condemn” Pelosi’s Taiwan visit.
Local scholars pointed out that diplomacy is the sole responsibility of the Beijing government, not Hong Kong.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei on the evening of August 2. Pelosi became the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
She arrived in Taiwan with a team of U.S. Congress representatives by private plane at about 10:40 p.m. local time.
Hong Kong Government Reacts
About an hour after Pelosi landed at Taipei’s Songshan Airport, Hong Kong Chief Executive (CE), John Lee Ka-chiu, published a statement before midnight.
It was titled “Resolutely Opposing and Strongly Condemning U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s Mousey Visit to Taiwan.” Lee echoed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
A minute later, the Information Service of the Government followed suit on behalf of the Hong Kong government.
Soon after, Hong Kong officials proved their opinions to be unanimous online. Everyone called Pelosi’s visit “mousey.”
Copped by HKgov officials, the term “mousey visit” is based on the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Communist China. Distributed by CCP mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency at around 11 p.m., the Ministry criticized Pelosi for going ahead with her “mousey” visit, despite the CCP’s strong opposition and solemn representations.
Cultural commentator Fung Hei-kong, said the term “mousey visit” can be interpreted as “sneakily visiting while hiding.”
However, the commentator emphasized that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was open and public. He questioned if anyone who truly respects and appreciates the Chinese language would choose the word sneaky.
CCP Needs Hong Kong’s Loyalty to Foreign Conflict
CE John Lee uploaded a video on Facebook of him meeting with three other officials on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Everyone seemed to be “focused” on Lee’s talk in the video. Lee reiterated twice that HKgov would fully support and cooperate with all measures taken by CCP. They were also firmly determined to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The video ended with everyone nodding their head.
In response to Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, CCP banned food products from Taiwanese factories entering the mainland.
The CCP military announced that it would conduct important military training and organize live ammunition shooting over Taiwan waters and airspace from August 4 noon to August 7 noon local time. The public saw the CCP’s military retaliation as a three-day lockdown on Taiwan.
Hong Kong Officials Rushed in with Their Condemnations
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, government officials showed their support and loyalty to CCP. They flooded social media to condemn Speaker Pelosi’s public visit.
These loyalists include Secretaries of Home and Youth Affairs Bureau, Education Bureau, Culture, Sports and Tourism, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau, Housing Authority, Innovation, Technology Commission, Labour and Welfare Bureau, and Hospital Authority.
Even the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hospital Authority, Transport and Logistics Bureau, and Labour and Welfare Bureau chimed in on the censure choir.
‘Small Potatoes’ Embarrassing Themselves
Wong Wai-kwok, a former assistant professor of politics and international relations at Baptist University of Hong Kong, said the “officials were small potatoes embarrassing themselves.” The professor also said, “The officials make themselves a laughing stock every day.”
Prof. Wong said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was a diplomatic matter. According to the Basic Law, the Beijing government is solely responsible for foreign affairs. Not HKgov. Their comments on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan were inappropriate.
Wong believed there is only one reason why Hkgov showed their stance, “John Lee’s office thus far has nothing to show, except political loyalty to Beijing.”
He explained that the officials were also devoted to making the most vicious and ugly remarks.
It is the first time many HKgov officials have made statements simultaneously for CCP in the 25 years since the Handover. No mainland provincial authorities made a statement on Pelosi’s visit.
Prof. Wong also counterargued whether the making of their stances on the visit is aligned with the Basic Law and the “one country, two systems” policy.
Wong analyzed it is also possible that it was an order directed by Hong Kong Liason Office. They wanted Hong Kong on its side as it stood against America.
Hong Kong Has Zero Power
No matter where CCP wanted Hong Kong to stand, one thing remains: HKgov cannot place sanctions on America, nor does it dare to harass the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.
The current affairs scholar stated, “Hong Kong would rather be on the left now. The government has turned a blind eye to every social, political, and economic contradiction.
“It also proves that Hkgov has taken national security, patriotism, and loyalty over any aspect in education, media, and other societal aspects,” Wong added.
Prof. Wong also pointed out, “Ever since July 1, the government has mimicked the style of Xi Jinping’s speech. HKgov wastes time and resources on meaningless and unproductive things.“
Hong Kong’s International Image Doomed
With dynamic-zero COVID-19 restrictions, Wong said, “even though HKgov has decided to hold the upcoming finance summit and the Rugby Sevens match in November, they might not happen at all. Internationals might very well boycott these events.” Wong said if these global boycotts cause “the bridge between Hong Kong and the international community to disintegrate,” he had no idea how Hong Kong would move forward in the future.
Wong expressed that as CCP had not made any moves on Americans’ visits to Taiwan, it would be impossible for Hong Kong to overtake Beijing’s inaction. “We can just treat the government’s bluff as a joke.”
Professor warned that Speaker Pelosi’s visit had ripped apart what is left of Hong Kong’s international image. He said, “Hong Kong is now seen as Beijing’s puppets by the world. If they mention “One country, two systems” again, it will just be a slap in their face.”