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China: Academic says violence in Hong Kong close to 'terrorism'

China, Beijing
August 15, 2019 at 16:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

An academic at a Chinese State Council Information Office briefing said recent violence at Hong Kong's airport was "close to terrorism." He made the comments in Beijing on Thursday.

"The violence in Hong Kong is moving forward towards terrorism, if you don't take any necessary action to stop it," said Shanghai Institute for International Studies academic Zhang Jian.

Renmin University academic Han Dayuan accused the United States of being behind the recent protests in Hong Kong, and accused its "agencies" of "actively" supporting the activists.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow for the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials. They also want Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and police actions during protests to be investigated.

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An academic at a Chinese State Council Information Office briefing said recent violence at Hong Kong's airport was "close to terrorism." He made the comments in Beijing on Thursday.

"The violence in Hong Kong is moving forward towards terrorism, if you don't take any necessary action to stop it," said Shanghai Institute for International Studies academic Zhang Jian.

Renmin University academic Han Dayuan accused the United States of being behind the recent protests in Hong Kong, and accused its "agencies" of "actively" supporting the activists.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow for the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials. They also want Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and police actions during protests to be investigated.

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SOT, Zhang Jian, Director of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, General Secretary of Center for World Parties and Politics Studies, Shanghai Institute for International Studies (Mandarin): "Considering the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office's description of Hong Kong's recent incidents, they didn't describe it as terrorism, they said it is a sign of terrorism or near terrorism. It indicates the trend. The violence in Hong Kong is moving forward towards terrorism, if you don't take any necessary action to stop it."

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SOT, Han Dayuan, Director of Institute for One Country Two Systems, Renmin University (Mandarin)

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SOT, Zhao Kejin, Associate Professor, Institute of International Studies, Tsinghua University (Mandarin): "After the United States - Hong Kong Policy Act in 1992, the US had cultivated the opposition parties through various agencies like the National Endowment for Democracy, since 1995, to promote so-called democratic construction in Hong Kong. Every time there is a big protest in Hong Kong, not only Washington stirs up trouble, the US agencies in Hong Kong support the protesters actively. The input is over 10 million in total. This is the origin of the riot in Hong Kong today."

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