China’s top agencies in charge of Hong Kong affairs held a special meeting across the border in Shenzhen to discuss unrest in the financial hub that’s become a wider challenge to Beijing and raised questions about whether it should intervene more directly.
The seminar was jointly held by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council and China’s liaison office in the city. It came hours after Hong Kong police again fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who besieged a police station following the arrest of a student leader, after days of protest and clashes between protesters and police further roiled the city.
“The central government is highly concerned about Hong Kong’s situation, and trying to study, make decisions and arrangements from a strategic and across-the-board level,” Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said. “Hong Kong is facing the most serious situation since its return to China, therefore today’s seminar is very important.”
He said there were some ‘500 friends from Hong Kong’ in attendance and that he hoped they could speak frankly. Hong Kong delegates to the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a top advisory body, were asked to attend, Radio Television Hong Kong said.