Date
25 September 2017
A mainland academic says if Hong Kong police are incapable of getting the situation under control, the mainland armed police can step in anytime. Photo: Reuters
A mainland academic says if Hong Kong police are incapable of getting the situation under control, the mainland armed police can step in anytime. Photo: Reuters

Beijing can legally send police to restore order, expert says

It is reasonable and legitimate for the People’s Armed Police to intervene and take care of the scuffles created by the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong, a mainland national security expert wrote. 

Beijing has every right to send mainland armed police to Hong Kong to restore social order, news portal huanqiu.com reported Monday, citing Wang Qiang, the author of the article and an associate professor of the People’s Armed Police Academy.

Wang argued that if the Hong Kong police are incapable of getting the situation under control, the mainland armed police can step in anytime, stressing that the high degree of autonomy is granted by the central government to Hong Kong.

Separately, veteran journalist and political commentator Ching Cheong said in an interview with the Chinese website of the BBC that he will not rule out the possibility of Beijing requesting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to declare martial law in Hong Kong.

Ching complimented the protesters, saying they are of very high quality.

He said Beijing will not just analyze the issues from Hong Kong’s perspective, as it has often elevated political issues to national security levels. “If the situation is not under control in one, two or three days, Beijing could well ask Leung to declare martial law in Hong Kong,” Ching said.

He urged the central government to listen to the needs and requests of people in Hong Kong and seek common ground in political reform. Beijing must abandon the traditional view of treating the opposition as enemies, Ching said.

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