In the wake of just-completed pro-democracy victories in Hong Kong, a national defense analyst it's quite possible the world could witness a violent response by the communist regime in Beijing over the next year.
Over the weekend, Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in local elections. It is being viewed as a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
The pro-democracy bloc swept nearly 90 percent of 452 district council seats, which will help it take unprecedented control of 17 out of 18 district councils.
National defense analyst Robert Maginnis says it's clear that the sentiment of the majority of people in Hong Kong appear to be on the pro-democracy side.
"That means that they will have a pro-democracy government in the near future and that Miss Lam, who has been the proxy for President Xi in Beijing, is going to be on the outs," he summarizes.
But Maginnis says that doesn't mean Hong Kong is going to prevent the eventual takeover by the Chinese central government in Beijing.
"We know the long-term implications are that the communists in Beijing are going to get their claws on that city nation and turn it into much like the rest of the nation," he laments.
Just when that happens depends on Xi, Maginnis adds. "He's lost face to a certain degree," he tells OneNewsNow. "So it's quite possible that you could see a violent response over the next year if the new pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong goes in a direction that it really displeases the powers in Beijing."
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