China believes Hong Kong government, police can handle crisis, say analysts

Police use pepper spray during clashes with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting, in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.
Police use pepper spray during clashes with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting, in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG • The absence of any offer of concrete measures to handle the crisis in Hong Kong from Beijing hints at the central government's view that Chief Executive Carrie Lam has to clean up her own mess, analysts said.

Associate Professor Alfred Wu of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy told The Straits Times yesterday that Beijing has no legitimate reason to intervene in Hong Kong's affairs, particularly in the light of the ongoing disputes between China and the United States, and Taiwan's elections in January.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2019, with the headline 'China believes HK govt, police can handle crisis, say analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe