- According to statistics released by the organizers of the demonstration, one million people took part in the demonstration on Sunday.
- "We would like to talk to protesters honestly," Carrie Lam said.
- China is looking to find a replacement for Hong Kong.
Following a demonstration in Hong Kong, government head Carrie Lam spoke of her readiness to talk to the protesters. The protests in Hong Kong prompted the local government to withdraw. Lam says she is ready to negotiate with the protesters to get out of the political crisis and find a comprehensive solution. She believes her offer is a turning point in the crisis and expressed hope that dialogue with the protesters could provide grounds for restoring peace to Hong Kong.
Lam said the decision was made in the wake of last week’s peaceful demonstrations. According to statistics released by the organizers of the demonstration, one million people took part in the demonstration on Sunday. Lam assured the protesters at a news conference Tuesday that the draft law on the extradition of suspects to China would be off the agenda and would not be raised again. The Hong Kong protests began eleven weeks after the bill was drafted including other issues such as the dismissal of local government chief Carrie Lam.
Police and police violence
“We would like to talk to protesters honestly,” Carrie Lam said. The Chinese government’s readiness to negotiate with protesters comes amid a harsh approach by police and law enforcement agencies over the past weeks that has been criticized by human rights defenders in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
The protesters had called on Hong Kong government officials to investigate the violent approach of police and law enforcement. However, the Hong Kong local government claims that necessary action has been taken in this regard and that there is no need for further investigation.
The arrest of a British Consulate colleague
Recently, the news of the arrest of a British Consulate employee has been released. The man is said to have been traveling to Shenzhen on the Hong Kong border for business visits and he was not released for several days. The British Foreign Office on Tuesday expressed concern over the fate of the man.
China’s economic policies to replace Hong Kong
The tide of unrest in Hong Kong led the Chinese government to step in to reduce Hong Kong’s role in global trade. Continuing protests and unrest in Hong Kong could slow Hong Kong’s economic growth. Christoph Hein, an economic analyst for the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, announced that China is looking to find a replacement for Hong Kong.
The paper writes in an analysis of Hong Kong’s economic situation that China plans to turn Shenzhen into an international financial center. The purpose of this policy is to attract foreign investors to China. The impact of this Chinese move on the importance of Hong Kong as well as on the economic situation of Shenzhen residents in the current state of Naruchan could be significant.