Zhang Xiaoming, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), put the emphasis on ending the protest chaos and violence that began two months ago, triggered by the controversial extradition bill.
Mr. Zhang was speaking during a meeting in Shenzhen, a mainland city next to Hong Kong, about the current crisis situation.
He also left open the possibility of the Hong Kong government setting up a commission of inquiry into the entire extradition bill saga, in response to citywide calls, but only after the protests ended.
“The most pressing and overriding task at present is to stop violence, end the chaos and restore order, so as to safeguard our homeland and prevent Hong Kong from sinking into an abyss,” Zhang said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Hong Kong Catholics marched through the city’s central business district. They demand full withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, independent investigation into clashes caused by the
political crisis and re-opening of the city’s political reform that allows universal suffrage.
Meanwhile, several Hong Kong companies including conglomerate Swire Pacific and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd have voiced concern about the impact of protests in the city on business activity, saying they are having direct
and indirect impact on demand on a number of its businesses.
(Excerpts : scmp.com / channelnewsasia.com)