“I will get you ... and your little dog too!” This has been on the lips of the chinese for years, and honestly, it’s been quite tiresome and tedious for everyone, and in these few months, there is a growing voice calling china’s bluff.
In the South China Sea Arbitration case, when the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in favour of the Philippines, the chinese in their false bravado said the ruling in writing is like toilet paper, that it’s only good for wiping one’s arse as the chinese people refused to accept the Tribunal’s decision. Yet, when the Filipino government initially challenged china’s reaction, daring them to do something, the chinese foreign relations immediately relented, calling for more dialogues to resolve the issue in peaceful terms. When the Americans, and the Australian government at the time, sent their navy for military patrol and exercise in the international waters of the South Sea, china had threatened war against both the US and Australia, yet nothing was forthcoming except more hot air.
Taiwan’s incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen having omitted the conventional recitation of the “one china principle” during her first speech, the chinese foreign relations condemned it as a passive sign of Taiwanese independence, to which members of the chinese military responded, saying that it would only be a matter of hours for the chinese to “liberate” Taiwan, way before the Americans reinforcements could ever come; and even if they did come, the chinese navy would obliterate the Americans, leaving only a few ships left to tell the tale. However, when Tsai refused to back down over the “one china principle” issue, nothing came of china’s threats.
Later on, the Japanese hotel group APA placed a publication in their hotel library that questioned the Nanking Massacre, to which the chinese called for a boycott of the hotel and even the Japanese tourist industry, but the chinese locust horde in Japan is still as strong as ever, despite chinese residents in Japan held a massive protest march against the hotel chain. This harkens one’s memory a few years back, when the chinese staged a nation-wide anti-Japanese riot in 2012 over the Senkaku Islands dispute, ransacking supposedly Japanese stores and restaurants, smashing supposedly Japanese made products, all the while wearing Japanese watches and filming using Japanese digital cameras. Nonetheless, the chinese continued to plague the Japanese with “tourists”, buying Japanese domestic products back to china.
In recent days, the United States having readied their THAAD defence system to be installed in South Korea, in response to the volatile North Koreans’ recent military posturing, was met with china’s condemnation. In china, there is a call to boycott South Korean business group Lotte for its support of the THAAD instalment, as well as anything South Korean, including music and celebrities. However, there is a rumour being spread online that some South Korean business owners are scoffing at the chinese, saying that all it takes is a sales and the chinese would come flocking back; to this chinese netizens response was that they will first buy everything AND THEN boycott the South Koreans. In addition, a German online retailer Spreadshirt was discovered selling black-humour shirts that said “Save a dog, eat a chinese”, to which waves of chinese left comments on Spreadshirt’s facebook posts condemning the German retailer for racism. The German retailer response was: we have looked at the product in question but decided that it’s all good and we will not be taking it off shelf.
Of course, there are some who are still weary of chinese threats, such as the Australian government under Malcolm Turnbull’s prime-ministership, people in power who have vested interest with the chinese, but there is a growing dissent towards china. Evident is the growing amount of international manufacturers leaving china, going elsewhere to establish factories that required less upkeep, where there is more business integrity, and less danger of espionage. In such circumstances, china’s li keqiang’s speech against Hong Kong independence, and the threats used against Hong Kongers should we continue to delay the high-speed rail link still being built, hardly needs to be taken seriously. For a bully loves to huff-and-puff like the Frilled-neck Lizard with false bravado but when push comes to shove, as long as one remain steadfast with confidence, the bully often backs down; and if enough people say no and threatens right back, the bully would cower and flee.
Therefore, we Hong Kongers should thumb our collective noses at china’s hot air, saying: “WALK YOUR TALK, DO IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT, WE DARE YA! OR ELSE YOU’RE JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF TURD!”