Plenty of parallels have been drawn between the ongoing protests in Egypt which have claimed over 600 lives and the brutal 1989 military crackdown on demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. It was probably only a matter of time then before a pro-CCP Chinese commentator weighed in to support Egypt’s military.
Wang Jilie, an academic with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a State Council affiliated think tank, told the Southern Metro Daily:
If the Egyptian government hadn’t cleared out the protesters, the situation in Egypt would be worse. The military had no choice. If they can’t control the situation, the credibility of the interim government and the military would be undermined, and this would negatively impact society.
Since Wang’s remarks were published on Friday at least 60 more people were killed in protests around Egypt, shocking video uploaded to Youtube showed protesters jumping off a Cairo bridge to avoid gunfire. The Guardian reports that “security forces had been authorised to fire live ammunition at anyone targeting police and state institutions.”
In his most recent statement on the Egypt protests, foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said that the Chinese government is “deeply worried” about the situation there.
China urges parties concerned in Egypt to bear in mind the interests of the country and people, exercise maximum restraint to avoid further casualties and dissolve differences through dialogue and consultation to restore order and social stability.