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Latent threat posed by overseas anti-China disrupters

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Latent threat posed by overseas anti-China disrupters

By Pearl Tsang and Kacee Ting Wong

After discussing the latent threat posed by three wanted persons in our previous article, we wish to remind Hong Kong people that we should cast our surveillance net wider to include those notorious anti-China disrupters in the United Kingdom and Taiwan region.

In particular, now is not the time to lower our guard against the defamatory narratives propagated by three anti-China disrupters who are hiding in these two places. These three offshore disrupters are Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen, Sang Pu, and Sam Ng Chi-sum. All of them like to use social media to post defamatory comments.

Like the mainstream Western media, Shiu has tried his best to talk down China’s economy, claiming that it has been in a shambles with no visible chance of recovery.

While China’s economy is facing some headwinds, our think tank is of the view that it will achieve a targeted growth rate of around 5 percent this year. In a recent review of China’s economy, UBS said the economic fundamentals had improved, citing manufacturing and credit impulse. Bank of America is also in the bull camp. Leaning to the pessimistic side is extremely dangerous.

Another malicious act of Shiu is his attempt to arouse anti-mainland sentiment in the city. On Sept 8, torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the northern parts of the New Territories. Shiu suggested that it was a “man-made disaster” because Hong Kong’s northern regions had been “sacrificed” to divert water discharged from the Shenzhen Reservoir.

Nothing can be more illogical than to suggest that Shenzhen, our close economic partner, intended to save itself by recklessly flooding the northern parts of Hong Kong with a sudden discharge. There is no evidence that supports Shiu’s allegation.

Secretary of Security Chris Tang Ping-keung denied such a groundless allegation, saying that the discharge had no impact on the city’s flooding.

It is more than obvious that Shiu has tried to drive a wedge between Hong Kong people and mainland residents. Some pro-Democratic Progressive Party media outlets in Taiwan immediately took their cue from Shiu’s allegation and fired cheap shots at mainland authorities.

Shiu is not a credible person. In 2003, he was involved in a pyramid scheme. During the “black-clad” riots of 2019, as seen in a video footage widely shared online, a man was doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire by a rioter in Ma On Shan. In response, Shiu made misleading comments, claiming that the video was faked.

Shiu has many young followers on social media. At the heart of his popularity is, and always has been, the benefits conferred on Shiu by the echo chambers on social media. Many radical followers of Shiu are willing to allow their rationality and common sense to be usurped by their blind faith in his extreme ideas and anti-China propaganda. In his new book, Duke University professor Chris Bail argues that the social media prism is the main source of political polarization because it fuels extremism.

Sang Pu is another dangerous anti-China disrupter hiding in Taiwan. Notorious for his malicious criticisms of China and its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Sang Pu moved to Taiwan after the promulgation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong in June 2020. Besides being a political commentator, he is wearing another hat as the chairman of the Taiwan Hong Kong Association. In late 2022, he maliciously portrayed Hong Kong’s Care Teams in a defamatory light, claiming that they will serve as the government’s watchdogs in the communities.

Sang has also tried to smear Hong Kong’s judicial independence. In late August, he criticized the Court of Final Appeal for its ruling that appellant Lui Sai-yu was not entitled to the customary one-third reduction in sentence for pleading guilty. He was ultimately sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. In response, Sang said the judgment has brought great harm to human rights in Hong Kong.

Finally, Sam Ng chi-sum also poses headaches for the Police Force’s national security department. At a glance, Ng is less radical than Shiu, but he is also a dangerous man. Partly because he is a former TV celebrity, and partly because he has broad support base in the “yellow camp”, Ng remains an influential offshore disrupter and his influence remains lurking in the shadows. Since migrating to the UK, Ng has remained active on the social media. He and Tsang Chi-ho regularly produce YouTube video clips to promote their political agenda.

Ng was a dedicated political agitator even before he fled the city: Aside from promoting his toxic ideas through various media outlets, he also published books to propagate his biased political views. He also strongly criticized the introduction of national education in Hong Kong. In March, he launched another round of attacks on the city’s national education program.

Peal Tsang is chairwoman of the Hong Kong Ample Love Society, and co-director of district administration of the Chinese Dream Think Tank.

Kacee Ting Wong is a barrister, a part-time researcher of Shenzhen University Hong Kong and the Macao Basic Law Research Center, and chairman of the Chinese Dream Think Tank.

The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily.

【CDTT Newspaper Article】Pearl Tsang & Kacee Ting:Latent threat posed by overseas anti-China disrupters (China Daily HK Edition, 10 Oct 2023)

https://www.chinadailyhk.com/article/355515#Latent-threat-posed-by-overseas-anti-China-disrupters

Chinese Dream Think Tank is a non-profit Hong Kong-based organization working with skilled volunteers, experts and professionals who are passionate about telling the China story well.

This article is reproduced by Kwun Media with the consent of China Daily.

中國夢智庫| 外逃反華顛覆人士構成的潛在威脅(2)

在第一篇文章中,筆者討論了三名外逃反華顛覆人士對本地可能構成的潛在威脅,此文繼續相關討論,希望提醒大家,應有必要更加關注潛逃於其他地區(例如英國與台灣)的活躍外逃反華顛覆人士。大家不應放鬆警惕,躲藏在上述兩地的其他三名外逃反華顛覆人士,正到處散布着誹謗性反華言論。三位外逃人士是:蕭若元(蕭某)、桑普(桑某)與吳志森(吳某),這三人特別熱衷於在社交媒體上發布誹謗性反華言論。

與西方主流媒體一樣,蕭某在「唱衰」我國經濟發展前景可謂不留餘力,他認為我國經濟處於災難性的混亂階段,復蘇機會渺茫(註1)。公平起見,由於當前全球政治經濟吹着的是逆風,我國經濟的發展道路正面臨着這樣那樣的挑戰。本智庫認為,今年我國經濟將實現5%左右的目標增長率。在近期針對我國經濟發展的審查中,瑞銀表示,因製造業活躍與信貸市場平穩,我國經濟基本面有所改善。與此同時,美國銀行業績也處於「牛市」狀態(註2)。盲目跟蕭某一面倒悲觀「唱衰」論不智。

蕭某的另一項惡意行為是試圖在特區煽動反華情緒。 2023年9月8日,因暴雨持續天氣,新界北部地區出現嚴重水浸情況。蕭某表示,因深圳水庫引洪,所以新界北部地區被犧牲了,更糟的是,還說特區政府發布水庫放水公告過於遲鈍,新界北部地區居民只有16分鐘的反應時間,這是一場人禍(註3)。

深圳是特區的親密經濟夥伴,不負責任地暗示深圳政府求自保,通過突然排洪來淹沒新界北部地區。大家注意,沒有任何證據證明,新界北部出現的嚴重水浸情況與我國北部地區嚴重水災之間存在必然因果關係。特區保安局局長鄧炳強先生己澄清了蕭某這種毫無根據的指控。鄧局長表示,深圳的排洪對特區的嚴重水浸沒有關係(註4)。

深圳水庫

蕭某的明顯意圖是利用深圳水庫排洪事宜挑撥特區居民與內地居民之間的關係。必須正確指出,蕭某不實言論一出,台灣親民進黨媒體立馬回應並表示支援。還有,胡慧冲也表示支持蕭某毫無根據的指控,他表示國家為了保護其他地區免受洪水侵襲,所以犧牲特區與北京附近河北省洲市和河南省鄭州市等地區(註5)。

蕭某可信度存疑。2003年,他牽涉在一宗傳銷機構問題事件。在2019年黑暴期間,當時網絡上廣傳一段有關視頻片段所見,一名市民在馬鞍山被一名抗議者澆上易燃液體並縱火焚身。蕭某作為回應時表示此視頻是誤導性的偽造新聞(註6)。儘管如此,蕭某仍然是社交媒體上的評論員紅人,在互聯網上圈粉無數,有很多都是年輕人。

蕭某受歡迎的核心關鍵點在於他社交媒體上的不當言論所引發的連鎖效應。這就是「偏聽偏信」現象(註7)。蕭某的極端思想與反華宣傳影響了許多人的理性思考,一些他的激進追隨者更反常態地附和蕭某的論調。貝爾(Christopher Bail)在他的新書中表示,社交媒體的複雜面是政治兩極分化的主要來源,滋生極端主義思潮(註8)。

桑某因惡意批評我國與特區而得名,2020年6月《香港國安法》頒布後他移居台灣。他是另一個外逃反華顛覆人士。除了擔任政治評論員,他還兼任「台灣香港協會」主席。2022 年底,他惡意地以誹謗言論談論「關愛隊」,主要論點是,「關愛隊」將扮演與內地「小區街道辦事處」類似的角色,說甚麼「關愛隊」會向當局報告所有各小區的小道消息(註9)。

桑某具法律教育背景,他也熱衷於評論特區的法律問題,不時質疑《香港國安法》的實施情況。8月下旬,他批評終審法院在「呂世瑜案」中裁定上訴人無權因認罪而獲得慣常三分之一減刑,上訴人最終被判處5年監禁。對此,桑某隨後質疑特區司法獨立是否能夠持續下去。他還表示該判決對特區居民人權造成了極大傷害(註10)。

最後,吳某也是咱們國安人員倍感頭痛人士。乍一看,吳某沒有蕭某那麼激進,但他也是一個外逃反華顛覆人士。他是前電視主播又是名人,他在黃營中擁有廣泛的支持度。雖身處海外,他仍然具備很大的影響力,他的影響力仍然構成潛在威脅。自移民英國,吳某一直活躍在社交媒體上。他與曾志豪每周二會在YouTube上「開咪」(註11)。

為幫助大家更好地了解他的反華破壞性活動,筆者簡要介紹一下吳某的政治立場。

之前,他在多家媒體工作期間,吳某出版許多書籍宣傳他富偏見性的政治觀點。他認為,特政府幾乎由中央政府控制,並表示不能指望「中國共產黨」給特區民主。他還強烈批評在特區引入國民教育(註12)。今年3月,吳某繼續攻擊特區的國民教育計劃(註13)。

容忍是有限度的。

事實與資料來源已核查

註 1:蕭若元 YouTube上發佈的視頻片段22.08.23和23.08.23

註 2:Jiaxing Li「After bad news for Chinese stocks and yuan, a market turnaround is not far away for UBS as data improves」SCMP 20.09.2023 available at: https://amp.scmp.com/business/markets/article/3235168/after-bad-news-chinese-stocks-and-yuan-market-turnaround-not-far-away-ubs-data-improves

註 3:蕭若元 YouTube上發佈的視頻片段08.09.23

註 4:Kelly Ng「Hong Kong and Southern China battle widespread flooding from record rains」in BBC, 08.09.23 available at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-66748239.amp

註 5:Roger Wu「Taiwan not a CCP “flood channel” as is HK’s fate」in Taipei Times 20.09.23, available at: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2023/09/20/2003806496#:~:text=After%20Typhoon%20Haikui%20left%20Taiwan,China%20has%20had%20this%20summer.

註 6:維琪百科「馬鞍山燒人事件 -2019年11月11日,馬鞍山燒人事件發生後,蕭若元在網上污蔑受傷者為特技演員,並指稱受傷者是收200萬港幣報酬后製造輿論,在事件真相曝光後方才表示無條件收回此前言論並對誤導大家做出道歉。」available at: https://zh.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/蕭若元

註 7:Pamela Paul「100 things We’ve lost to the Internet」New York: Crown 2021 at p 105

註 8:Chris Bail「Breaking the Social media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing」Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2021

註 9:Cheryl Tung and Chen Zifei「Innocent-sounding 『care teams』 spark fears of heightened surveillance in Hong Kong」Radio Free Asia 09.12.2022 available at: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-careteams-12092022150349.html/ampRFA

註 10:The Epoch Times「Harsh jail terms of hong kong student upheld as court of fianl appeal rules national security law overrides common law」26.08.23 available at: https://theepochtimes.com/china/harsh-jail-terms-of-hong-kong-student-upheld-as-court-of-fianl-appeal-rules-national-security-law-overrides-common-law-5480482

註 11:維基百科「吳志森」available at: https://zh.m.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/吳志森

註 12:同上

註 13:吳志森YouTube上發布的視頻片段12.08.23

文:曾卓兒(左)
民政及青年事務局-東區民政事務處,北角西分區委員會副主席
香港弘愛會主席,「中國夢智庫」地區事務聯合總監
東區警區防騙宣傳領袖團隊宣傳領袖

文:丁煌(右)
深圳大學基本法研究中心兼職研究員
經民聯港島支部主席,「中國夢智庫」主席
香港薈萃協會法律顧問,城市智庫成員
國際公益法律服務協會顧問委員會成員
全國港澳研究會會員

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