Ex-BoCom economist says China silencing voices

Business | 3 Dec 2019 3:39 pm

A local Hong Kong economist said he had to leave his job at a mainland Chinese-owned bank as months of protests stoke political tensions, Bloomberg reports.

Law Ka-chung left his role as chief economist at Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) in October, with no official announcement. The analyst said he suspects his views are the reason he was asked to leave after more than 14 years.

The former chief economist in an article in August said protests in Hong Kong would deepen the  slowdown but argued their impact was limited, contradicting the dire outlook in China’s mainland media.

He said he was asked to leave the bank shortly after he shared with colleagues an outside article critical of China’s firewalls and closed system.

He was also asked to refrain from commenting on the Chinese economy, he said.

“China just needs people to stay low profile and be quiet,” Law said in an interview today. “They just want to silence all voices, be it researchers, students or media.”

Pro-democracy protests have rocked Hong Kong for almost six months, stirring tension across workplaces. BoCom wasn’t immediately able to comment.

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