Hong Kong has become something of a symbol more than it is a place.
To put it simply, communist powers want Hong Kong. Compared to the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong is something of a vibrant financial center that enjoys open trade, rich culture, and a friendly relationship with the rest of the world. It may have a close relationship with China, in that it is one country with two systems, but it does not take part in much of China’s wrongdoing. As a result, when the U.S. punishes China with trade restrictions and tariffs, Hong Kong is left alone.
Hong Kong wishes things to stay this way, as well they should. They’re not a part of the communist dictatorship on the mainland. They’re a capitalist system and their wealth and prosperity reflect that. Hong Kong is a bright spot in a dark place.