As many thousands of Hong Kong residents kept up their occupation of the streets Wednesday night, leaders on both sides began strategizing with an eye toward the endgame.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, visiting Washington, also warned that the matter was an “internal affair” for China.
“Cherish Positive Growth: Defend Hong Kong’s Prosperity and Stability,” People’s Daily, October 1, 2014, translated by Quartz.
Both famous actors spoke against the police use of tear gas, and urged that the safety of the student demonstrators should be a priority.
Protesters cry democracy but most are driven by dislocation and resentment at mainlanders’ success.
Foreign companies also use Hong Kong as their staging post for investing in China as it offers them something that no mainland city does: a stable investment environment, protected by long-established rule of law.
Washington can’t protect Hong Kong’s democracy movement if Xi Jinping decides to crush it. But it should support its demand for genuine democracy and tell Beijing that using force would have consequences.
Sometime late Sunday, Instagram was blocked in mainland China, presumably to stop images from the tear gas-filled streets of downtown Hong Kong from being shared on the popular social network.
Hong Kong has one of the highest rates of Western journalists per capita of any non-Western city in the world, including a number of the best foreign correspondents in the business.
A near-complete information blackout by Chinese censors has blocked most people in mainland China from seeing sriking photos, videos and news about Hong Kong’s ongoing democracy protests.