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Foreign influence, terrorism,
possible intervention.
This is how China is trying to shape the story
of what's happening in Hong Kong.
For weeks, antigovernment protests
have gripped Hong Kong,
with anger rising over China's growing influence.
The Chinese have responded by trying
to control the narrative.
Here's how.
This is Junius Ho, a lawmaker in Hong Kong
with strong ties to Beijing.
At this press conference, he shows off pictures
of foreigners seen at the protest.
It's an attempt to tie them to some kind
of outside influence.
Foreign influence and antigovernment sentiment
are also common themes in posts by CGTN,
China's international media outlet.
This post shows a tweet from former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, who is voicing support
for the Hong Kong protests.
The tweet is used as proof that the U.S.
is interfering in Hong Kong.
Clinton's tweets were also part of a music video
that CGTN published featuring Chinese mainland rappers.
“And Mrs Clinton, you know nothing about Chinese citizens.
Now I got some words from your president.”
“Something is probably happening with Hong Kong.”
“Somebody wanna split Hong Kong from us.”
One story in the People's Daily,
the official paper of China's Communist Party,
was blunt in its reporting
on foreign influence.
“There is no question that the United States
has its hand in what's going on in Hong Kong,
though to what extent is hard to measure.”
Chinese officials are increasingly
framing the protests as threats to national security.
There's also a pattern of focusing
on protesters being violent.
The media labels
these demonstrations as organized
by a small group of rogue actors.
Video of simulated military exercises carried out
by police in mainland China show the protesters
as dangerous rioters.
And when protests at Hong Kong's International Airport
escalated, CGTN emphasized an incident
in which a reporter from the mainland
was tied up and beaten by protesters.
The next day, many demonstrators apologized
for their actions at the airport.
CGTN did not report this.
Chinese media put out
this video about its police in Shenzhen.
It shows the People's Armed Police Force
stationed in a city that borders Hong Kong.
The video says the People's Armed Police Force
“shall participate in handling riots, disturbances,
severe violent crimes, terrorist attacks,
and other incidents disturbing social peace.”
China also released this video of antiprotestor drills
being carried out by the Hong Kong Garrison
of the People's Liberation Army.
Satellite images and video
confirm China's show of force in the region.
It's unclear if China's uniformed police will
actually be deployed in Hong Kong.
And the People's Liberation Army already
has a troop presence there.
Instead, these videos are more likely a show of nationalism
to prevent the movement from spreading to mainland China.
They also act as a reminder that military intervention
in Hong Kong remains an option.
But what's noticeably absent from Chinese reports
on Hong Kong?
People are kept in the dark about the real reasons
for the protests.
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How China Is Framing the Hong Kong Protests | NYT News

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林宜悉 published on September 20, 2019
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