China's nervous Xi risks a new cold war, says Hong Kong's last governor

China's nervous Xi risks a new cold war, says Hong Kong's last governor
China's nervous Xi risks a new cold war, says Hong Kong's last governor

Chinese President Xi Jinping is so nervous about the Communist Party's position that he risks a new Cold War and endangering Hong Kong's status as Asia's former financial center, the region's last British governor, Reuters told.

Chris Patton said Xi's "violent" actions in Hong Kong posed a risk to boycott those in the capital and the city that channeled the most foreign investment into mainland China.

He said the West should stop being naïve about Xi, who has served as the Communist Party's general secretary since 2012.

Patton said, "We have crossed that phase, not wanting another cold war, we have to react to the fact that Xi wants to."

Patton chose Xi as a dictator who was "nervous" about the Communist Party's position in China to criticize his initial criticism of the new Coronovirus outbreak and the economic impact of his trade disagreement with the United States.

"One reason Xi Jinping, about Hong Kong, about Taiwan and other issues is fostering all this nationalist sentiment, is because he is more nervous about the Communist Party's position in China than any official Has been, "he said.

The Chinese Embassy in London did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Patton, now 76, was seen as the British flag when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule.

Hong Kong's autonomy was guaranteed by the "one country, two system" contained in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. But thousands of Hong Kong protesters have challenged Beijing in recent months.


This week China's parliament passed a decision for Hong Kong to enact legislation to reduce treason, isolation, terrorism and foreign interference.

Patton said, "Jin Jinping hates the things Xi Jinping promised under the treaty presented to the United Nations under" one country, two systems. "What he hopes to shape is Could hit in Hong Kong. "

Patton said Xi's actions called into question Hong Kong's position as Asia's major international financial center.

Patton said, "What does it mean? That means serious questions not only about Hong Kong's future as an independent society, but about Hong Kong's ability to continue as a leading international financial center." Huh."

"A lot of people will try to leave Hong Kong," Patton said, adding that he feared the capital would also flow. "It will be quite difficult in the coming months."

Hong Kong's autonomy, so far, has given investors confidence in the region's legal and governance systems. China's legal system is accountable to the Communist Party.

Patton said, "What is conflicting is a dictatorial idea of ​​what law is with customary law that will undoubtedly cause a constitutional shock."

He further stated that Soviet China was also more naive with West China.

He said, "What Xi has shown so far is that as long as you don't waver, they will bother you."

Patton said the West should stick together when Beijing attacked allies, such as Australia, and beware of companies such as Huawei, which Britain has allowed to help build its 5G network.

Patton said, "Huawei is an agent of a bad Chinese state." Huawei has repeatedly denied the claim that it is an agent of the Chinese state.

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