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Experts rebuke external interference with, false reports about China's Hong Kong

(Xinhua)    14:10, August 27, 2019

BEIJING, Aug. 27 -- Experts have rebuked some Western countries for meddling in China's internal affairs and stirring up tensions in Hong Kong, and called for a resolution of the violent street protests.

"What is happening now in Hong Kong is clearly blatant interventions by the United States and Britain aimed at creating certain problems," Kawa Mahmoud, secretary of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kurdistan, told Xinhua recently.

Some in the West are trying to destabilize the situation in Hong Kong, "fan flames," and "use the young people in Hong Kong to raise the wave against China," said Alexei Maslov, head of the Oriental Studies Department of the Russian Higher School of Economics Research University, in a recent interview with Xinhua.

As the ongoing protests have "completely lost rationality," the crisis could deal a great blow to the business circle in Hong Kong, making the place "unstable in the financial and political sense," Maslov warned.

External intervention from the West has provoked storms of so-called "pro-democracy" protests in some countries but only left people there displaced and cities ruined, said Luxman Siriwardena, executive director of advocacy and research think-tank Pathfinder Foundation based in Sri Lanka.

He said "my wish is that Hongkongers will see the reality before it's too late" and called for a reasonable resolution through consultation and dialogue.

"I sincerely hope that Hongkongers will not stage a struggle which will lead to the drastic decline of their own living standards, opportunities and future of the youth," he added.

B. R. Deepak, professor at India's Jawaharlal Nehru University, said violent demonstrations are "disturbing," as Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and independent financial centers in the world.

Deepak called for an end to these protests in order to "restore peace, law and order in society."

Meanwhile, experts also slammed western media for false reports on the situation.

Western media should be objective over the situation in Hong Kong and report "what exactly is going on," Deepak said.

They "are silent about Hong Kong demonstrators inflicting injuries on police officers," he said, noting that their reports only showed demonstrators being attacked while avoiding mentioning that the demonstrators were engaging in violence themselves.

"They (the western media) are trying to raise the temperature politically to put pressure on China and to destabilize China," Mushahid Hussain Syed, chairman of the Pakistani Senate's standing committee on foreign affairs, told Xinhua on Saturday.

To misguide the world about the real situation in Hong Kong and create undue hype of the protests, western media reports are spreading false information by giving inflated figures of the number of the protestors, he said.

"The purpose is manipulated politically to convey messages and to convey a narrative, as if the whole of Hong Kong was in revolt, which is not true at all. They want to encourage and fan the flames of unrest, because it suits them," he added.

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