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China demands Britain stop meddling in HK

0 month ago, 11-Aug-2019

Police officers hold banners with warnings regarding use of tear gas as anti-extradition bill protesters gather near Sham Shui Po Police Station in Hong Kong. Reuters photo

BEIJING: Chi na warned Britain to stop meddling in Hong Kong, after a top British official called the international financial hubs leader to voice concern about protests that have rocked the city for two months.

The pro-democracy protests, which are partly fuelled by widespread anger at an erosion of liberties in Hong Kong, have become the biggest threat to Beijings rule of the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city since its handover from the British in 1997.

On Friday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had a call with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, where he emphasised the need for a fully independent investigation into recent events, according to Britains foreign ministry prompting a furious response from Beijing.

China solemnly demands that the British side immediately stop all actions that meddle in Hong Kong affairs and interfere in Chinas internal affairs, said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying Saturday.

Slamming Raabs decision to call Carrie Lam as wrong, Hua urged Britain to stop stirring up trouble in Hong Kong in an online statement.

Beijing has increasingly pitched the anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous region as funded by the West, but has provided little evidence beyond supportive statements from some Western politicians.

Last week, the Chinese government slammed Washignton after reports emerged that some US diplomats based in Hong Kong had met with pro-democracy activists.

The Chinese foreign ministry urged the US to immediately make a clean break with various anti-China rioters and stop interfering in Hong Kongs affairs immediately.

Tensions are high in the Asian financial hub after two months of protests and clashes triggered by opposition to a planned extradition law that quickly evolved into a wider movement for democratic reforms.

Last week, the city witnessed a rare general strike and the most widespread unrest in two months of demonstrations with police firing 800 rounds of tear gas in a single day at a dozen locations.

A total of 420 people have been arrested since rallies began on June 9, according to Hong Kong police in early August. AFP

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