The Hong Kong government’s attempt to enact an extradition agreement with mainland China sparked mass demonstrations in Hong Kong in June 2019. Protesters took to the streets in record numbers, with as many as two million protesters reported at the peak of the demonstrations. By 23 June, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive had suspended action on the extradition bill.
The mainland Chinese government’s reaction to these events has been surprisingly weak. Throughout the month of June, China’s Foreign M