Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong has called on mainland Chinese agencies and businesses in the city to support local authorities, declaring a “key moment for stopping violence and ending chaos” from the months-long anti-government protests.
The comments came after a high-level meeting on Monday over President Xi Jinping’s speech in Macau last week.
In a statement, the office said central government offices in Hong Kong and mainland Chinese businesses in the city should support the administration. “[Members at the] meeting stressed that the crisis over the extradition bill that has gone on for more than half a year has not ended.”
The talks were organised by liaison office director Wang Zhimin and also involved Cai Yongzhong, political commissar of the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army.
“[Agencies and firms] have to face the flaws and shortcomings of Hong Kong’s governing system and to support the SAR government’s efforts in resolving political, economic, educational and other deep-seated conflicts and problems accumulated in society,” the statement read.
It did not make clear what concrete steps should be taken.
During a visit to Macau last week to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese administration, Xi was seen as having indirectly rebuked protest-hit Hong Kong with his glowing words for the casino hub and its residents.
The Chinese leader praised Macau’s people for their patriotism.
“The general secretary stressed that … affairs over the two SARs are China’s internal affairs, it does not require pointers from foreign forces,” the office said.
It also said Chinese firms in the city should support Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her administration, including the city’s police force, in ending violence and putting Hong Kong “back on the right track”.
Earlier this month, Xi also voiced support for Lam and Hong Kong’s police force over their handling of the protests.
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