Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Chinese government is “firmly committed to safeguarding our interests in national sovereignty, security and development”. Photo: Reuters

Xi Jinping again backs Hong Kong police use of force in stopping unrest

  • Chinese president addresses crisis on sidelines of international summit
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Chinese government is “firmly committed to safeguarding our interests in national sovereignty, security and development”. Photo: Reuters
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David Zweig
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David Zweig

As Hong Kong’s protests rage on, Xi Jinping’s meeting with Carrie Lam and China’s fourth plenum promise more interference

  • Chinese leaders’ expression of confidence in Lam means that it is unlikely that the PLA or Chinese police will soon be seen on Hong Kong streets
  • The attention paid to Hong Kong during the fourth plenum and news that central government officials will come to the city to explain the meeting’s communique should arouse concern

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