Zhang Xiaoming, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, held a meeting in Shenzhen about the current situation in Hong Kong. Photo: Winson Wong

Hong Kong protests have ‘obvious characteristics of colour revolution’, top Beijing official warns amid ‘worst crisis since 1997 handover’

  • HKMAO chief Zhang Xiaoming says ending disturbance is top priority, but rejects protesters’ demands and warns Beijing won’t sit idly by if situation worsens
  • Zhang referenced the ‘colour revolution’ that caused civil unrest in early 2000s Eastern Europe, and said China has option to deploy military
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Zhang Xiaoming, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, held a meeting in Shenzhen about the current situation in Hong Kong. Photo: Winson Wong
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Zhang Xiaoming, who as head of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office advises Beijing leaders on Hong Kong matters, speaks to hundreds of influential figures on the deepening protest crisis. Photo: Winson Wong

Hong Kong facing ‘most serious situation’ since handover amid intensifying protests, says top Beijing official Zhang Xiaoming

  • Gravity of protest crisis laid out to hundreds of political and business leaders in candid address by head of China’s top government agency overseeing Hong Kong affairs
  • Zhang says protests are growing in size, reach and intensity as he seeks to rally support from influential figures at Shenzhen meeting
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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Zhang Xiaoming, who as head of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office advises Beijing leaders on Hong Kong matters, speaks to hundreds of influential figures on the deepening protest crisis. Photo: Winson Wong
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