Hong Kong may be an expansion target for ISIS, according to a Chinese counterterrorism expert, who told reporters that the territory was ideal for recruitment transit.
After interviewing Yang Nu, an anti-terrorism professor at Lanzhou University, Want China Times reports that Hong Kong may be targeted by ISIS, also known as Islamic State, because it is a region with lots of Muslims, many of whom work as domestic helpers in family homes.
Hong Kong is also a convenient transport hub in reach of Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, three countries in Asia with large Muslim populations that ISIS could infiltrate.
Yang noted that Hong Kong and Turkey have signed a visa exemption agreement, providing a conduit between Asia and the Middle East that would be difficult to control or monitor.
Recently, ISIS members have been passing flyers around Hong Kong-based Indonesian domestic help circles and organizing public gatherings, one of which is said to have taken place in Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Last month a 25-year-old Indonesian woman working as a maid in Hong Kong went missing after allegedly telling a friend she planned on traveling to Syria with her husband to join the ranks of the Islamic State, although police could not confirm that she had in fact fled to Syria.
By Dominic Jackson