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China infiltrating Hong Kong to undermine its autonomy?

May 24, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 23, 2009

The Chinese government has been reported to be
behind the recent move by a Hong Kong student
union leader to discredit the 1989 Tiananmen
Square protest movement. Noting this, World
Tribune May 21 reported that China may soon
extend its influence in Hong Kong’s internal
affairs by having its students currently studying
there to stay on and go into local politics.

The report is based on a finding by DNI Open
Source Center, which is funded by the US
government. It said China was manipulating
students in Hong Kong as part of a strategic
influence program to minimize the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre.

University of Hong Kong student union chairman
Chan Yi-ngok had recently triggered widespread
controversy with comments criticizing the 1989
Tiananmen student protest leaders and defending
the military crackdown. However, it ended with
Chan being removed from his position. A
subsequent campus poll showed that 92 percent of
the respondents favored the university continuing
efforts to urge Beijing to reverse its stance on the June 4, 1989 massacre.

Press report May 7 had cited Chan as saying the
PRC crackdown was "only a little bit
questionable" while implying that the authorities
could not handle the student movement "in a
rational manner" only because the student
activists were possibly "under the influence of
some foreign forces." And he had praised Mainland
Chinese schoolmates for commenting on the Jun 4
incident "from the perspective of public
responsibility." He disagreed that the "PRC
Central Government should take responsibility for
slaughtering the Tiananmen participants".

Other pro-Beijing students in Hong Kong are
believed to be supported by China’s Central
Government Liaison Office (CGLO) in Hong Kong.
World Tribune cited Willy Wo-lap Lam, a professor
of political science at Japan's Akita University
and a columnist for, as
saying he had noticed Mainland Chinese students
at the eight Hong Kong universities participating in CPC-organized gatherings.

Lam felt that most of these students would stay
in Hong Kong after graduation and possibly go
into local politics, thereby weakening Hong Kong's autonomy.
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