HONG KONG - China has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong: propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation. Here is a look at Beijing's efforts so far to squash a movement that has refused to die. Shaping the narrative As protests erupted in June, discussion inside authoritarian China was muted, censored on social media or played down on state outlets. But as chaos unfurled across Hong Kong, Beijing changed tack seeking to shape the narrative in its favor. After a tense airport siege, which saw protesters assault two Chinese nationals accused of being "spies," Beijing ramped up the rhetoric saying protesters were guilty of "terrorist-like actions." Inside China's "Great Firewall," where Facebook and Twitter are banned and information controlled, Hong Kong's protests are now being portrayed as a largely violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilize the motherland. But recasting the protesters as a rabble rather than a movement with legitimate … [Read more...] about Money, muscle, media: how China has handled Hong Kong protests
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This story is being published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on scmp.com on August 16, 2019. Hong Kong businessman Sam Tsang does not like to talk politics. As a senior business consultant who travels frequently to mainland China and Taiwan, he knows silence is often golden.Story Continued Below He was in for a shock when, one night in mid-July, his boss introduced him to two “mainland researchers” who were visiting Hong Kong. That evening, all they talked about was politics. It was just two weeks after the storming of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council chamber by young protesters, angry at the government’s controversial proposal to allow transfers of criminal suspects to mainland China, and at the excessive force they felt police had used to quell previous protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill. “They asked a lot of questions about the anti-extradition bill protests,” Tsang said. … [Read more...] about Blindsided: Why does Beijing keep getting Hong Kong wrong?
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........HONG KONG — Members of China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong on Friday, in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semiautonomous territory.The sound of marching boots and synchronized shouts echoed from the grounds. Officers in green camouflage stood guard at closed entrances. A stadium security guard said “it wasn’t clear” when the paramilitary police would leave the grounds.Chinese state media have only said that the Shenzhen exercises were planned earlier and were not directly related to the unrest in Hong Kong, though they came shortly after the central government in Beijing said the protests were beginning to show … [Read more...] about China police exercises across from Hong Kong seen as threat
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Business | Why Many in China Oppose Hong Kong’s Protests Advertisement Supported by The new new world It goes beyond propaganda. Even some Western-educated professionals say residents foolishly value individuals’ rights over economic prosperity. ByLi Yuan July 1, 2019 Cecilia Zhang is the sort of Chinese person who you might think would be sympathetic to the protesters in Hong Kong. She went to a prestigious American university, gets her news from foreign media and has no plan to move back to the mainland from Hong Kong, where she has But she says she doesn’t understand why people in Hong Kong continue to take to the streets. In fact, she thinks they should go home. “Hong Kong’s economy is going to be ugly this year after all the strikes,” she said. “Why would … [Read more...] about Why Many in China Oppose Hong Kong’s Protests
“Our freedom and our rights are fast-disappearing. This wasn’t like the “Occupy” movement back in 2014. Back then, the general public weren’t so convinced. This time, it’s very different. Many people feel they have no choice; that they have to demonstrate in order to preserve our current way of life and our autonomy.” Clara (not her real name) is an activist. Her voice is infused with all the enthusiasm and energy of a twenty-four-year-old university graduate. Despite English not being her first language – she’s more at ease in Cantonese – she speaks with a fluency and passion that belies her age. Indeed, it’s as if a spigot is suddenly turned on, with the words gushing out of her. “We aren’t Mainlanders. We’re Hong Kongers.” For Clara, that’s a self-evident, undeniable truth: something that is final and non-negotiable. However, for Beijing-based authorities, such views are an … [Read more...] about OPINION: What we can learn from Hong Kong’s peaceful protests