You might already know that the protests in Hong Kong have entered the second month since it started due to the anti-extradition bill. Since the Hong Kong government have brought this bill, protests have erupted like never seen before. The fact that the Chinese government backed this bill meant that the Hong Kong government were adamant to pass this and make it a law. However, the protests in Hong Kong against this bill were supported by Taiwan.
This has enraged the Chinese government who have even banned travel visas for individual tourists to Taiwan due to its support to the protestors. Now that the extradition bill has been withdrawn, the protests in Hong Kong are still going on. This has caused a headache to the Hong Kong and Chinese government.
Now, a retired U.S. navy officer has suggested that China will not use its People’s Liberation Army against the protestors in Hong Kong. He believes that China’s Communist Party will not do this because this will have a negative impact on Taiwanese people. While on one hand, China wants to get Taiwan in its territory, it also wants to do so with as less violence as possible.
James Stavridis wrote an opinion-editorial in the Bloomberg saying that he believes China will remain apprehensive of implementing martial law in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Hong Kong because of the impact it would have on relations with Taiwan and also the fact that Taiwan’s Presidential Elections are also coming next year. He writes:
China will probably avoid a heavy-handed troop movement into Hong Kong for as long as possible, knowing it would create an even stronger independence movement in Taiwan. It is vital that Washington stand strong for Taiwan’s self-determination; cooperate with it militarily through joint exercises, freedom-of-navigation operations through the Taiwan Strait, and sales of sophisticated missile-defence systems and aircraft; and increase commercial activity with its vibrant economy.