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Gordon Chang: Hong Kong Clash Could Evolve Into Major War

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Riot police march past a burning barricade during a protest in Hong Kong.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Monday, 23 September 2019 07:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The current clash in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protestors and the Chinese riot police could quickly evolve into a major war.

That was the analysis of Gordon Chang — attorney, syndicated newspaper columnist, and best-selling author of the critically-acclaimed "The Coming Collapse of China."

Chang, who recently returned from a visit to Hong Kong, spoke Friday to a standing-room-only luncheon hosted by the Defense Forum Foundation.

Right now, he explained, “there is an excessive force of police and the Hong Kong people (protestors) are fighting back.”

“The dog that has not barked,” said Chang, “is the young kids in black [who could join the pro-democracy protestors].”

If a war erupted between China and Hong Kong, Chang believes, “the urban landscape and the tall buildings favor the defenders of Hong Kong.”

He added that while China would no doubt win any war with the 7.4 million Hong Kong citizens, it would be President Xi JinPing’s first war and “there would be high [Chinese] casualties.”

Chang also called on the U.S. to stand firm with Hong Kong in its time of crisis.

“This should serve as a warning to the U.S.,” he said, “That power is attacking our form of democracy. If we ignore their struggle, we may be doing the same thing in our own country.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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