International News & Foreign Policy: Oct. 3, 2014
China's Communist Party is warning pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong are "doomed to fail," as the territory's Beijing-friendly chief executive rejected protester demands to resign. A front-page editorial today in the party-run People's Daily repeated Beijing's assertion that the protests are illegal, saying there is "no room for concessions" on greater democratic reforms. The editorial was published after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ignored a midnight deadline to step down, instead proposing talks with a top official on resolving the political crisis. Many protest leaders, including those with the prominent Occupy Central group, have cautiously welcomed the proposed talks, though it is not clear when they will take place. Only around 100 protesters remained early Friday outside Leung's office, down from the thousands that had gathered ahead of the ultimatum. Minor scuffles with police broke out, though no violence was reported.