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Joshua Wong at the airport in Hong Kong after he was refused entry into Malaysia on Tuesday. Credit Jerome Favre/European Pressphoto Agency

China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist KUALA LUMPUR/HONG KONG | By Anuradha Raghu and Shan Kao

Malaysia on Tuesday denied entry to a prominent teenage Hong Kong activist for a series of talks on democracy in China, raising concerns that Beijing may have put pressure on Kuala Lumpur.

Joshua Wong, 18, was one of the leaders of last year’s pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that paralysed key roads in the city for 79 days and presented China’s Communist Party leadership with one of its biggest political challenges in decades.

Wong and other protest leaders were accused by China’s state media at the time of trying to foment a “colour revolution” to undermine Beijing’s rule.

He had been invited to Malaysia to participate in academic talks ahead of the 26th anniversary of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square demonstrations and bloody crackdown on June 4.

“I don’t rule out that there is pressure from the Chinese government,” Wong told reporters on arrival at Hong Kong airport.

Wong was detained soon […]