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Some 500 political and business leaders including 200 local deputies of China's top legislature, the National People’s Congress, as well as pro-Beijing Hong Kong execs and chamber of commerce officials gathered Wednesday to discuss the ongoing Hong Kong unrest triggered by the proposed extradition bill earlier this summer.
Unlike prior similar gatherings in mainland China of top officials, there was reportedly little attempt to soften the full blown reality, as the group was told the protest crisis is assuredly becoming "bigger and more violent". The assessment was issued by Zhang Xiaoming, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, as reported by the South China Morning Post.
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Zhang presented that Beijing views the Hong Kong situation the “most serious situation” since 1997, the year of the handover of Hong Kong when the UK formally ceded control of its colony.
“From June 9 until now, the extradition saga has lasted 60 days. It has grown bigger, with violent acts getting more intense, and wider sections of society being affected,” Zhang said.
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“We can say Hong Kong is facing the most serious situation since handover,” he added. “Therefore, this meeting is very important and special.”
The meeting constituted a rare such briefing sponsored by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, which reportedly hadn't taken such action since Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China. The 500...
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