Businessman Appeals to the US: Protect Hong Kong

June 9, 2020 Updated: June 9, 2020

China’s national security law for Hong Kong has drawn worldwide attention. Hong Kong businessman Elmer Yuan expressed his concerns about the devastating impact of the new law and appealed to the United States for help.

Yuan wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4. He pleaded for help and protection from the United States to return the sovereignty of Hong Kong back to Britain. He also proposed that Hong Kong citizens hold a referendum within six months so they can choose their own future.

The following is Yuan’s letter to Pompeo.

Dear Secretary Pompeo

On behalf of our freedom loving people, I thank you for standing with Hong Kong.

The coming June 4th is the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre—a pivotal moment in China’s hope for democracy.

Your decision to stand up for Hong Kong’s freedom shows your true dedication to human rights in today’s watershed moment, with the heroes of Hong Kong. These heroes are the millions of ordinary Hongkongers marching for the future of their home. The nameless lawyers, volunteers, medical staff, journalists, and artists are doing their part to keep our voices alive. They are the youth who are daring to continue standing up for what they know in their heart to be right.

But the fight for freedom has come at a great cost.

These warriors are our children.

In the last 12 months, too many have been arrested, tortured, raped, murdered and many allegedly shipped across the border to secret concentration camps, never to be heard of again.

They have sacrificed their livelihood for a chance to preserve their city. According to Hong Kong Watch, 8,934 protestors aged between 11 and 84 years have been arrested since June 9, 2019. After them, who will be left to fight? How many of our young will have to sacrifice their futures for basic rights?

They [Chinese regime] are erasing our language, our identity as Hong Kong people, our right to speak, our rule of law, and our children.

We need the United States to stand up to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] now.

Waiting for the national security law to be passed in late June is like waiting for another Holocaust to begin.

The world has allowed China to commit mass atrocities against human lives under the pretense that one day they will stop. They will never stop until they control the world, including America.

If it doesn’t stop here now, it will be too late. We must learn from history that appeasement will NEVER work.

The “one country, two systems” promised to Hong Kong in the Sino-British Joint Declaration has been obliterated. Now is the moment for our world leaders to not only stand up, but to fight. And in doing so, history will remember America as a nation that truly dared to be a voice for freedom.

Here is what I ask:

Since the PRC [People’s Republic of China] has reneged on all its obligations in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Hong Kong sovereignty should revert back to the UK. Please convince your ally UK to do the right thing this time, by transferring the sovereignty back to the people of Hong Kong, on the condition of a genuine referendum in six months, supervised by international and independent judges, to choose their own future.

Hong Kong belongs to the Hong Kong people.

Before the referendum, we need your troops to keep Hong Kong safe as West Berlin from the Communist’s never ending interference, infiltrations, cheating, and persecution of our youths. Your 85,000 U.S. citizens in Hong Kong also need your protection.

Lastly, while you are working to make the South China Sea safe again, please include us in your battle plan. We are also in the South China Sea.

Mr. Secretary, as an ally in the free world, please make Hong Kong safe again.

Thank you.

God Bless USA, God Save Hong Kong.

Sincerely yours,

Elmer Yuan