The increasingly secretive state of China has now brought in a law that could affect anyone anywhere if you criticise China. So it seems my criticism of China here in the UK could in theory have them demanding my extradition. Highly unlikely this would happen and quite literally shows how much they are clamping down on the freedom of thought and speech.

Do they honestly think that they can have a say what goes on in somebody else’s country? Or stop people from free thinking and speech?

BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonell “The new security law applies to anyone, anywhere in the world. So, if you have called for Hong Kong to be free, whatever your nationality, wherever you are, that could be punishable by a prison sentence in China.” Many people point to the vagueness of what could be deemed an infringement of the law, it is open-ended and thus could be used to target any political dissidents that the Chinese authorities perceive are a threat.

Police crack down on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong
Police crackdown in Hong Kong (Getty Images).

Mr McDonell said: “Crucially it’s so open-ended the Chinese government if it wants to could use the law to pick up anyone they like who challenges their authority.”

The wording of the new law states: “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People’s Government, or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organisations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organisations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies.”

BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonell described actions that were not previously illegal but can now be deemed a breach of the law. He then went on to describe how the new security law allows the Hong Kong authorities, and in extension Beijing, the right to pursue those who infringe the law internationally. (Daily Express).

The person picked specifically by China to run the colony of Hong Kong Carrie Lam is fully supported by China and that cannot be good for democracy in Hong Kong, as she is determined to get rid of any dissenters due to her being a good political puppet for those who are pulling the strings. You can in theory be arrested for playing a tune or wearing an item that is deemed offensive, but only offensive to China, and what that entails nobody knows. This cannot bode well for the people of Hong Kong and the draconian crackdown will only get worse. After all they have locked down Chinese Muslims for just being Muslim.

Police crack down on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong
Further police crackdown (Getty images)

Already China has listed 8 people who it wants extradited to China but the chances of that happening will be zero as they do not reside in China, but rather in the United States of America and other free countries where the freedom of speech is welcomed. The Chinese President is locking down in Hong Kong in a way I feel that is just a warm up for Taiwan and this is now becoming a scary prospect for those who will fall under the tight grip of the President.

Xi Jinping enforced the new security law on Hong Kong
Chinese President (Getty images)

I know the world is now dealing with the 2nd wave of Covid 19 and China are taking full advantage of it to crack down on those countries it wants to rule, but can we really just accept that they have the right to do that?

As I have stated again and again, Hong Kong progressed through the last century with the full input of the United Kingdom and we actively encouraged this jewel in our crown to develop and develop they did. Infact they became one of the fastest growing economies and what did we do??? Hand it over to a country who totalitarianism and communism will see the lights in effect go out in Hong Kong. It will go out as those who saw freedom of expression and freedom of speech and choice will be locked up in the system of Chinese jails and never seen again.

Can we really allow this?

They will be just a number of disappeared that have fallen fowl of the dictator that is Xi Jingping and we now know that repeated requests for them to be shown will be ignored. Becoming a political prisoner in any Chinese jail does not bode well for those who are jailed.

Free Governments must offer those who wish to get out the option to get out. You cannot suddenly expect a people who had the freedom of life to just give that up because of the whim of one man who is the state.

The longer we wait, the worse it will become for those in Hong Kong and as I state this is only the beginning as more and more countries will be lined to be sacrificed on the mantel of Chinese domination. We saw this in 1938 and look what happened in 1939 and sadly this is how it will end up if we don’t put a stop to it now.