On Wednesday, as pro-freedom protesters in Hong Kong continue to fight for their lives and their liberty, the New York Times published an op-ed titled “Hong Kong is China, Like it or Not.” Its subhead reads, “After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.”
The author of the article, it turns out, is Hong Kong Executive Council member Regina Ip, known as Beijing’s enforcer in Hong Kong.
Walter Duranty, whom the New York Times did not denounce until 1990 for peddling pro-Soviet agitprop in the outlet’s pages, would be proud.
“No amount of outcry, condemnation or sanctions over the Chinese government’s purported encroachment in Hong Kong’s affairs will alter the fact that Hong Kong is part of China and that its destiny is intertwined with the mainland’s,” Ip writes.
She adds, “Hong Kongers who wanted the city promptly to return to peace thought the authorities’ handling of the situation, which dragged on for months and grew more and more violent, was incompetent. … Something had to be done, and the Chinese authorities did it.”