Unveiling the Impact of HKers’ Fierce Independence Defense: Have They Handed the City to Chinese Masters?

In a column published by South China Morning Post on May 31, 2020, Alex Lo suggested that the fierce but mindless defense of Hong Kong’s independence by its citizens has ironically resulted in the city being handed over to its Chinese masters. This assertion has sparked a flurry of debates and discussions, with many questioning the validity of this claim. This article aims to delve deeper into this issue, exploring the impact of Hong Kongers’ fierce defense of their independence and whether it has indeed led to the city’s ‘surrender’ to China.

The Fierce Defense of Independence

Hong Kongers have long been known for their fierce defense of their city’s independence. This is largely due to the unique ‘one country, two systems’ principle that has allowed Hong Kong to maintain a high degree of autonomy from mainland China. However, recent years have seen an increase in protests and demonstrations, with many Hong Kongers expressing their dissatisfaction with perceived encroachments on their freedoms and rights.

The Impact of this Defense

While this defense of independence has been lauded by many as a testament to the spirit of Hong Kongers, others argue that it has had unintended consequences. According to Alex Lo, the relentless pursuit of independence has inadvertently led to the city being handed over to its Chinese masters. This is because the constant unrest and instability have provided China with a justification to tighten its grip on the city, in the name of maintaining order and stability.

Has Hong Kong Been Handed to China?

Whether or not Hong Kong has been ‘handed over’ to China is a matter of perspective. On one hand, it is undeniable that China has been exerting greater control over the city, as evidenced by the recent implementation of the National Security Law. On the other hand, many Hong Kongers continue to resist these changes, maintaining their commitment to defending their city’s independence.


In conclusion, while the fierce defense of Hong Kong’s independence may have had unintended consequences, it is overly simplistic to suggest that it has resulted in the city being handed over to China. The situation is complex and multifaceted, with a multitude of factors at play. It is clear, however, that the future of Hong Kong will continue to be a topic of intense debate and discussion.


  • Lo, Alex. “Hong Kong’s mindless independence fighters have delivered the city to its Chinese masters on a platter.” South China Morning Post, 31 May 2020.
  • “One Country, Two Systems.” Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2020).
  • “Hong Kong National Security Law.” BBC News, 30 June 2020.