China newspaper warns against 'McCarthyism' at Hong Kong University

February 6, 2015 12:31 PM

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese state-backed newspaper on Friday defended a mainland student running for university office in Hong Kong against what it described as a dangerous "McCarthyite trend" in the former British colony.

The Global Times invoked the language of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist crusades of the 1950s to seek to protect Eugenia Yip, who is running for social secretary of the student union of the prestigious University of Hong Kong.

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