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US and Britain using Hong Kong to infiltrate China, PLA-backed film says

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 4:24am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 1:00pm

A PLA-backed video accuses the US and Britain of using Hong Kong as a base to destabilise and infiltrate mainland China.

The film, produced by the military's National Defence University and General Staff Department, as well as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, singles out four social movements it says are being manipulated by the two countries' missions in Hong Kong. One of them is the Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign.

A political analyst said the criticism was a significant step by Beijing to tighten control over Hong Kong.

Entitled Silent Contest, the 100-minute documentary explores China's struggle against "American hegemony". It says both the US and Britain have abnormally large consulates through which to infiltrate Hong Kong and nurture subversives.

Watch: A clip from China's People's Liberation Army documentary

"The US consulate in Hong Kong has some 500 staff, while the British one has about 400. Such large bodies of staff are very rare for foreign consulates," the video narrates in Putonghua.

"The [annual rallies on] June 4 and July 1, the movement against national education and Occupy Central … were all influenced by the US and British consulates.

"[The offices] not only interfere with Hong Kong's internal affairs, but become a base for anti-Chinese and anti-Communist powers."

The British consulate denied the allegations, saying it had "about 150 employees at its peak". The US consulate declined to comment.

The video was made under the supervision of two senior People's Liberation Army generals, Liu Yazhou and Wang Xibin , at the university, which is run by generals and where many teaching staff are mid-ranking PLA officers.

Veteran China analyst Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the rare attack reflected Beijing's worries about radical forces in Hong Kong.

"The PLA seldom takes on Hong Kong affairs," Lau said. "The heavy criticism shows Beijing's worries that Hong Kong's radical forces would be manipulated by foreign states."

Occupy organiser Dr Chan Kin-man said: "The accusations are not backed by any substantial evidence. This … smearing shows China's worries. I believe there will be more … to come."



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It's unfortunately a very common practise in China to accuse other people without any substance or prove. Experienced this many time with employees in the Mainland.
Resorting to morally such low level methods only shows how desperate the Central Government must be and how afraid they are of our city being precedent for mainland cities.
Until recently Hong Kong was a regional centre for issuing British passports.
This behaviour is typical of autocratic governments in that when confronted with domestic problems that they are unable to solve they will deflect attention on to some foreign bogeyman. This type of behaviour has been going on for literally thousands of years, so good luck with it CCP.
well, the UK has several hundred thousands subjects in Hong Kong....its former colony, while the US has maintained a large consulate in Hong Kong for decades, as it was once the only diplomatic presence in the region before diplomatic ties were established in 1979....and the point is?...all those staff are spies?
Excellent questions. The true gist of PLA's smear and accusations is to warn its own ranks and file operating in Hong Kong to avoid or minimize foreign contacts. Chinese officers are especially susceptible to bribes and other material influences, and their assignments in Hong Kong can be potentially jeopardized by their own greed. After-all, they're simply following on the examples set forth by their command, leaders and political commissars who all seek personal and/or family benefits ahead of duties. Therefore, it is not surprising that PLA produced this smear and fear video to deflect attention away from systematic corruption entrenched and pervasive throughout its own rank and file to a fictitious foreign attack through the former British colony. Recent cases of security leaks and espionage in China can be directly attributed to greed and a lack of morality within the PLA, government and the Party itself. From President Xi, ex-President Wen to Bo Xi lai, Chinese officials have placed their economic and material gains ahead of strategic interests and national security. Treason reigns in the hearts, minds and spirits of the leadership within the Chinese Communist Party!




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