Protesters and people walk under hundreds of folded paper umbrellas at the occupied area in Causeway Bay, a shopping district of Hong Kong Thursday Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
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Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial centre, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said Thursday.Tien was speaking a day after his brother, James Tien Pei-chun, was expelled from China's top parliamentary advisory body and resigned as leader of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Liberal Party after urging the Leung to step down.China's liaison office in Hong Kong called an urgent meeting with Liberal Party leaders on Tuesday, calling them in the morning and asking them to attend a dinner meeting that night, said Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung.China's most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, explained the CPPCC's decision was specific to James Tien, Chung said. The party in Hong Kong is pro-establishment and comprised largely of businessmen.
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