Unlike prior similar gatherings in mainland China of top officials, there was reportedly little attempt to soften the full blown reality, as the group was told the protest crisis is assuredly becoming "bigger and more violent". The assessment was issued by Zhang Xiaoming, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, as reported by the South China Morning Post.
Zhang presented that Beijing views the Hong Kong situation the "most serious situation" since 1997, the year of the handover of Hong Kong when the UK formally ceded control of its colony.
From June 9 until now, the extradition saga has lasted 60 days. It has grown bigger, with violent acts getting more intense, and wider sections of society being affected," Zhang said.