France24: ‘Hong Kong is not China’: Protests pose major test for Xi

“Communist Party censors cannot risk mainland Chinese becoming attracted to the Hong Kong alternative or the communist regime will be imperilled,” said Don Tse, lead researcher at SinoInsider, a China political risk consultancy.

“The CCP, however, cannot avoid commenting on the Hong Kong situation lest it loses the opportunity to control and shape the public discourse on the mainland,” Tse said.