Dear, Mr Cleverly
I am a year 6 student at Lyons Hall Primary School which is within your constituency of Braintree, Essex. I am worried about the problems that are happening outside our country. After 6 weeks of gathering information from different websites, books and facts, I have put together an ample amount of reasons for why Britain should intervene and put a stop to the Hong Kong Crisis.
Britain and Hong Kong have a long-standing history – Britain ruled Hong Kong for 150 years, before co-signing the Sino - British Joint Declaration stating that Hong Kong should begin to establish their own democratic system. As Hong Kong was ruled by the British they adhered to the British system and now live with the same human rights as we do here in the U.K. In 1997, when Britain, Hong Kong and China signed ‘One country, two systems’ China agreed that Hong Kong would not become a part of China until 2047, but this aggreement has been strongly eroded by China who is trying to take over Hong Kong.
Currently, Hong Kong is in a crisis: rubber bullets and tear gas are seriously injuring the citizens of Hong Kong. The Umbrella Movement in 2014 contained over one third of Hong Kong’s population in the protest. In recent months, foreign journalists have been removed from Hong Kong for hosting events that China didn’t agree with. Since the 1st of October 1949, China has been run by one party – The Communist Party of China which is directed by President Xi.
President Xi took all power and manipulated China by restricting access for the internet and social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. China’s meddling over Hong Kong’s political decisions has become so drastic that citizens from both countries are vandalising public places and sticking up posters. Recently, many politicians lost their seats in the government, due to China believing they did something wrong. Hong Kong’s main protest is about China’s decision to take the ‘criminals’ from Hong Kong, question them and then told if they are found guilty. But you will most likely be found guilty as the percentage rate is 99.9%. The citizens of Hong Kong are fighting for their voices to be heard by protesting. Though protesting is legal, people are being violently injured, charged or thrown in jail.
Britain is now beginning to notice Hong Kong’s Crisis and is starting to weigh up the pros and cons of intervening. For instance, if we decided to intervene after thorough consideration we may lose a lot of resources and materials we get from China. In 2016, Britain imported £42.6 billion resources to China. On the other hand, if we decide to not intervene this problem will begin to expand, till something drastic may happen. These 2 choices may change Britain, Hong Kong and Chinas relationship indefinitely.
In conclusion, having researched, discovered many facts and answers to questions I have considered both sides with an open mind, I believe that we should intervene and help the citizens of Hong Kong. I am speaking up because every problem happening in this world should be heard and dealt with. I would like you to raise more awareness for this problem before it becomes more severe. The citizens of Hong Kong can’t be treated unfairly and have a right to not be manipulated by China, meddling with Hong Kong’s elections and political decisions. Therefore, I urge you to spread the awareness, trying to stop this terrible ordeal.
Year 6 Student