In this new episode of #AJOPINION, Hong Kong barrister Lawrence Ma argues that foreign governments have much to gain from the mass protests in Hong Kong, which he says are propelled by Western media’s smearing of Beijing.

“I fear the protesters’ mistrust of the Hong Kong and Beijing governments are blinding them to the foreign interests who benefit from their chaos, anarchy and unrest,” he says in the video.

Anti-government protests gripped Hong Kong for much of 2019. But the tension that triggered the unrest has not gone away despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The mass protests started in June 2019 against plans to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China and saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets. 

Critics feared the

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