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Hong Kong tests Beijing's wisdom, says prominent Taiwanese writer

Lung Yingtai criticizes China's system that 'suffocates' its own creativity

A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at an MTR station in Hung Hom after a day of protests in Hong Kong on Dec. 1.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Lung Yingtai, an influential Taiwanese writer who has had some of her books banned in mainland China, has come under renewed attack by the Beijing authorities. What touched their nerves this time was her essay showing sympathy to the young pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, who she figuratively depicts as eggs in a garden that ought to be carefully embraced and nurtured, not smashed to pieces.

In a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Lung says, "I could only wish that politicians in Beijing have enough wisdom to understand the situation deeper and to see into the future with longer views and perspectives" in their dealings with Hong Kong.

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