Tourists visit the Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 20, 2019. Hong Kong's tourism industry has turned into a chilly winter due to the protracted unrest. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
Hong Kong's former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has been a chameleon political speculator.
BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- As her misdeeds of betraying Hong Kong and her country continue to come to light, it has become increasingly clear that Hong Kong's former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang is a major culprit in disarraying Hong Kong.
Chan, a former chief secretary of the Hong Kong government before Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, is an important pawn for anti-China forces in the West to meddle in Hong Kong affairs.
Chan has been a chameleon political speculator.
After Hong Kong's return to the motherland, Chan served as chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, pledging her loyalty to the HKSAR Basic Law, upholding the "one country, two systems" principle and professing her patriotism and love for the country and Hong Kong.
As her plan to become the HKSAR Chief Executive failed, however, she became uncooperative with the then chief executive.
As soon as she retired, Chan openly confronted the HKSAR government and the central government.
After she took up the Hong Kong Legislative Council seat, Chan even led Hong Kong opposition to stage all sorts of activities to create disorder and chaos under the guise of democracy.
Calling herself "the conscience of Hong Kong," Chan carries in her pocket "political black gold."
Several Hong Kong media reports have disclosed that between 2013 and 2014 alone, Chan received 3.5 million Hong Kong dollars (446,000 U.S. dollars) in "political contributions" from media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying on three separate occasions for various activities to oppose the central government and incite chaos in Hong Kong.
Serving as a political tool for foreign powers to oppose China and cause chaos in Hong Kong, Chan met senior U.S. officials during Hong Kong's "Occupy Central" incident in 2014.
Chan has used the proposed amendments to the fugitive offenders ordinances in Hong Kong this year to repeat the same old trick.
Inviting foreign forces to intervene in Hong Kong affairs, she traveled to the other side of the ocean to meet with U.S. politicians including Vice President Mike Pence. She distorted the truth, wantonly spread rumors, created trouble, attacked Hong Kong's rule of law, and slandered the "one country, two systems" principle.
During the radical protests and violence since June, Chan used her position as a senior former government official to incite strikes and demonstrations among serving civil servants, attempt to paralyze the operation of the HKSAR government and weaken the power of the Chief Executive.
In the face of public dissatisfaction with illegal violence, she concocted the fallacy that "young people have no choice" to justify and glorify radical atrocities.
Chan also instigated young people to defy the law while hiding herself in hotels with several other masterminds behind the chaos in Hong Kong for secret discussions with foreigners.
What Chan said and did was nothing but stirring up trouble and further escalating the turbulence in Hong Kong.
She has sacrificed the stability enjoyed by more than seven million Hong Kong citizens to meet her unfulfilled political ambitions.
In today's Hong Kong, such people who incite chaos, jeopardize Hong Kong's future and betray their nation will not be allowed to run amok.