Intensified months-long protests in the semi-autonomous province of Hong Kong, the Asian continent’s and global financial hub, are becoming a major trouble for China and the rest of the world.
Protests in Hong Kong have now turned into a political war between the existing government, which is strongly supported by Beijing, and its opponents who seek a more liberal Western-style regime. Business tycoons and well-endowed middle class Hong Kong residents are totally opposed to the current regime with its tight relations to Communist regime in Beijing.
A former colony of Great Britain, Hong Kong was given back to China in 1997 under an agreement for it to remain semi-autonomous from the Communist Beijing regime, at least for a while. The current government of Hong Kong is largely controlled by Beijing, which is widely regarded as repressive and dictatorial by the people who are currently leading or taking part in the protests.
When it started in late June 2019, the protest movement was initially regarded as a small and temporary activity that would fizzle out fast, but it now represents the greatest challenge to Beijing's power in Hong Kong and the global image of the Asian giant. The Beijing government of President Xi JinPing is said to be preparing for a major offense against the protesters who are now calling for a more democratic system of governance in Hong Kong.
Although the Hong Kong government announced suspension of the Bill some weeks ago, the protests and demonstrations have grown more intense and populous, thus inviting a violent crackdown by the regime. Scores of people have been killed or injured during the protests in recent times and China is said to have send a large contingent of its troops to Shenzhen just a short distance from Hong Kong.