Date
19 November 2017
Colorful umbrellas have become symbols of the student protest. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said the western label for the movement is fueling it. Photo: AFP
Colorful umbrellas have become symbols of the student protest. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said the western label for the movement is fueling it. Photo: AFP

Wang Yang: West trying to ignite HK revolt

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang accused western countries of trying to fan the student protest in Hong Kong by labeling it with names reminiscent of violent revolutions in other cities, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Wang criticized the western description of the Hong Kong demonstrations as a “color revolution”, a term used by the foreign media for various movements in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans during the early 2000s.

The term has also been applied to a number of revolutions in the Middle East. 

Wang, who is accompanying Premier Li Keqiang on a visit to Russia, said stronger strategic ties between Beijing and Moscow are key to countering the West.

Also, he said China is opposed to ongoing western sanctions against Russia.

Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said Wang misinterpreted the Hong Kong protest movement, saying it is aimed at fighting for democracy, not the overthrow of the communist regime in Beijing.

Describing their movement as a revolution will only push Hong Kong farther from Beijing and make Hong Kong people doubt “one country, two systems” even more, he said.

Also, he said Beijing will not send army troops to suppress the movement because such a move will be too costly.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy movement continues to gain supporters from abroad even as Chinese newspapers have stepped up their criticism of the protest.

On Monday, a guest brandished an umbrella, a sign of the protest movement, at an official reception by the Spanish consulate which was attended by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Apple Daily reported.

Lam walked to the person after her speech and shook hands with him, according to an attendee.

Last week, German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff said events in Hong Kong during the past few days were “inspiring and emotional” and the city ’s economy and political development will benefit from the efforts of the young generation.

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