Beijing appears to be losing patience with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, ramping up its rhetoric this week by saying that demonstrations have shown "signs of terrorism." Such language, however, will not help solve the former British colony's political crisis, but only fuel young protesters' anger, analysts say.
They add that Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is fully aware of the heavy cost of a military crackdown, will likely resort to the same strategies used during the city's 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement by patiently waiting it out.
"I don't think calling the young people terrorists solves the problem when they themselves think of themselves as freedom fighters. I think it will anger the young people," said David Zweig, director of the Center on China's Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
"The only thing that it might do is [to] cause some people to think that there may be a crackdown and so maybe some people will decide not to go out tomorrow," he added.
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