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Epoch Times: Xi Ordered “Stand Still”

According to The Epoch Times, after the anti-extradition movement had continued for more than two months in Hong Kong, the CCP’s media repeatedly released the film, “A Large Number of Armed Police Convoys in Shenzhen” to intimidate protesters. On August 14th and 15th, President Trump urged Xi Jinping several times to solve the Hong Kong problem humanely before he would make a deal on tariffs. Thereafter, it is said that Xi Jinping sent  a special agent group to Hong Kong to convey an urgent message of the highest order: “Stand Still.”

An informer said that, since demonstrators occupied the Hong Kong airport, for safety reasons the special agent group flew from Beijing to Shenzhen, and then took special vehicles to Hong Kong. They secretly conveyed the highest order to the Hong Kong Liaison Office of China and the Hong Kong Garrison, as well as the SAR Government. The highest order had been made at the CCP’s annual Beidaihe meeting.

The informer also said that, now that Xi Jinping would not order “sending troops” to Hong Kong, Zhongnanhai had reached a consensus and would temporarily take the strategy of “Standing Still” and “Slowing Down” {Editor’s note: Both are from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War}. As soon as the Zhongnanhai special agent group arrived in Hong Kong, the group began to “work” and conveyed the “Slow Down” strategy about “how to restore order in Hong Kong  ASAP” to “special groups.”

The participants in the 1.7 million people’s rally on the 18th in Hong Kong said that the behavior of the police  had “changed.” This was the first time the police did not shoot and fire tear gas at the demonstrators, which was evidently related to Zhongnanhai’s latest strategy.

Source:
The Epoch Times, August 21, , 2019
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/19/8/20/n11465818.htm

Epoch Times: CCTV Fabricated a Picture of a Petrol Bomb Burning

On August 13, Epoch Times published an article stating that, according to CCTV reports, on the evening of the 11th, “the mobs threw petrol bombs at the police station on W Tai Nan Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, causing multiple burns to a policeman.” CCTV then provided a picture that was vague and that had extremely low resolution.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the CCP’s Global Times, posted a live video of a petrol bomb detonation. Hu Xijin said, “The mob escalated the violence and threw petrol bombs; a policeman was burned. This video recorded the moment when the petrol bomb exploded.”

An Epoch Times reporter compared the video and the picture, and found the backgrounds in both were highly identical, including buildings, people at the scene, traffic signs, and the flame on the ground. However, the picture provided by CCTV had a humanoid flame that was not in the video at all. The reporter also asked, “Does the city in the video look like Hon Kong, an international finance center, in any way?”

Source:
Epoch Times, August 13, 2019
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/19/8/12/n11449050.htm
Comparison of Petrol Bomb Burning Pictures
The video posted by Hu Xijin

“China Experts” Side with Beijing on Hong Kong Protests

China’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency has collected viewpoints from “China experts” in a few countries on the movement going on in Hong Kong.

Robert Kuhn, an American investment banker and author of a propaganda book eulogizing former Chinese Communist Party chair Jiang Zemin, said, “The extreme behavior of the protesters has caused the shutdown of the airport and has caused flights to be cancelled. No country would allow this to happen. The continuation of the riots in Hong Kong is unacceptable.”

Michael Borchmann, a former official from Germany’s state of Hesse, “The riots are still going on and are growing. As the situation develops, people will soon discover that it was not about a specific law, but to create chaos and turmoil in Hong Kong. It is time for the Chinese Central Government to convey the important message of stabilizing the current situation in Hong Kong.”

Ignacio Martínez Cortés, a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM), said, “The extended violent protests by the opposition and radical forces in Hong Kong have hindered the normal operation of the local economy, affected people’s lives, and undermined Hong Kong’s international image.”

Sudheendra Kulkarni, an Indian politician and columnist, hopes “that young people in Hong Kong who are bewildered by external forces will wake up as soon as possible, and that the chaos in Hong Kong will calm down as soon as possible so as to save hope for Hong Kong’s tomorrow.”

Others named in the report include Katalina Barreiro, an expert on international relations at Ecuador’s Institute of Advanced National Studies, Stephen Ndegwa, a Kenya scholar, and Hassan al-Saouri, a political science professor at Al Neelain University.

Source: Xinhua, August 14, 2019
http://www.xinhuanet.com/world/2019-08/14/c_1124876756.htm

Lianhe Zaobao: China Warned India: Don’t Keep Huawei from Expanding in India

Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that China has already warned India not to put up any obstacles that would keep Huawei from expanding its business in India. Otherwise the operations of Indian companies in China might suffer the consequences. Indian Minister of Telecommunications Ravi Shankar Prasad said India will start trials to establish 5G mobile networks. However, the country has not decided whether or not Huawei will be invited to participate. In May, U.S. President Trump asked the allies not to use Huawei equipment, citing national security concerns. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Indian Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri, expressing China’s worry over the influence the U.S. decision might have. Neither of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China or India responded to the requests for comments on this matter. Compared to other major world economies, India’s business presence in China is minor.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, August 7, 2019
https://www.zaobao.com.sg/realtime/china/story20190807-978994

Lianhe Zaobao: HK Chief and Justice Secretary Scored Lower in July Poll

Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong just published its July poll on the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Chief Executive. According to the latest poll, Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor scored at 32.9, which is a 4.6-point decline month-over-month. In the meantime, Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong’s Secretary of Justice scored at 24.1, which is also a significant low. This could be the result of widespread criticism of the recent police activities and the issues with the legal system. A few other key government officials suffered lower scores as well. On the overall poll for the Hong Kong government, 15 percent of the people surveyed were satisfied and 63 percent were dissatisfied. The poll also showed that 21 percent of the people experienced trust in the government while 53 percent of the locals no longer trusted the government.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, August 5, 2019
https://www.zaobao.com.sg/realtime/china/story20190805-978499

NTDTV: Hong Kong Policemen Were Taped Replacing Uniforms with the Clothing of Protesters

According to NTDTV, during recent protests in Hong Kong, there were groups of gangsters in white or blue clothing attacking the protesters. Also among the protesters, some individuals were shouting and even acted like criminals. It was suspected that Hong Kong policemen or CCP undercover agents played these roles to make the protests seem to be “out of control” or more “chaotic.” Now, the suspicion has some evidence behind it. Some Hong Kong policemen were videotaped while they gathering in or around their police vehicles. They were taped changing out of their uniforms and into white clothing .

On Sunday evening, August 4th, some Hong Kong people took a video and uploaded it to YouTube. The video showed that, in the parking lot of the Ngau Tau Kok District Police Station, a police van marked “AM7113” on the top had the door open. A group of police officers gathered inside and around the police vehicle. On the left side of the van, several police officers took off their uniforms and replaced them with black or white clothing. During this period, several people in black were returning to the other side of the van.  [Editor’s note: At 0:27 two persons in black clothing with white masks walked to the van. One of them entered the van, while another with a cell-phone in his left hand and a flashlight in his right hand walked away. At 2:11, the same man returned to the van again.].

Another video on Twitter was taken at possibly the same location. It displayed at the end of the same police vehicle [AM7113], that several police officers, while at the back side of the vehicle were replacing their white clothing.

In addition to the AM7113 vehicle, there were still many police cars parked on site. The car numbers that could be seen included AM8052, AM8053, and AM8185. According to public information, the license plate numbers of the Hong Kong government vehicles started mostly with AM, while the police car numbers started with AM6, AM7, AM8, AM98 and AM99. AM7113 belongs to the Tseung Kwan O Police Station.

These videos caused a heated discussion on the network. Some netizens suspected that the police mixed into the demonstrators and that their actions gave the police their excuse for arresting demonstrators.

Sources:
1. NTDTV, August 6, 2019
https://www.ntdtv.com/b5/2019/08/06/a102638845.html
2. YouTube, August 4, 2019

3. Twitter, August 4, 2019