China, Hong Kong Protests: South China Morning Post

China’s state media have called for forceful action to stop protests in Hong Kong, and a government spokesman called eight weekends of protests that have disrupted the city "evil and criminal acts committed by the radical elements." Even so, the Chinese government is showing no sign of moving quickly despite escalating tensions and a "'let it be’ sentiment reflects the diminishing value of the city to many mainlanders," suggests the South China Morning Post. China and Hong Kong residents expect Hong Kong’s government to “clean up this unprecedented self-made mess,” suggests Tammy Tam in an opinion essay, and she describes Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam as keeping a low profile during the protests, dismissing the need for military support from China. Harsh intervention from China would draw international criticism. As long as Hong Kong’s protests do not spread to the mainland, China could let them continue to the city's detriment. To end the protests, Lam must swiftly address the concerns, including complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and independent inquiries. Tam concludes, “Timing is important, and the city cannot afford to let any potential opportunity slip away – strong political will and resolute decision-making is needed to show real governance.”- YaleGlobal

China, Hong Kong Protests: South China Morning Post

Hong Kong’s leaders must act on protests; as long as dissent does not spread to the mainland, China may show restraint, not risking its reputation to intervene
Tammy Tam
Monday, July 29, 2019

Read the article from the South China Morning Post about the protests in Hong Kong and the possibility of Chinese intervention.

Tammy Tam is editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post.

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