President Xi Jinping has taken advantage of the global attention that has been focused on Beijing during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference to vow that the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong will soon be crushed with force.
At a joint press conference with President Obama after a China-U.S. summit held on Nov. 12, Xi, who is also Communist Party General Secretary, said the Occupy Central campaign in Hong Kong was “illegal” and that “we resolutely support the government of the Special Administrative Region to handle [the crisis] according to law so as to uphold social stability in Hong Kong.”
This was the first time that the hard-line leader had in the presence of hundreds of international reporters laid down tough measures for Hong Kong.
In a private meeting with Xi on Nov. 9, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reportedly promised his boss that the streets of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) would be cleared of protesters within a certain deadline.
Full article: Xi Jinping tells whole world Beijing will soon crush Hong Kong protests (World Tribune)
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