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China tells U.S., Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs

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By Estelle Shirbon

China’s ambassador to London on Monday accused foreign countries including the United States and Britain of interfering in Chinese internal affairs through their reactions to the violent clashes taking place in Hong Kong.

The Asian financial hub, which was handed over to China by former colonial ruler Britain in 1997 but enjoys a degree of autonomy under the "one country, two systems" formula, has been plunged into chaos for almost six months.

In a dramatic escalation, Hong Kong police were laying siege to a university in Hong Kong, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to push back anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs and other weapons to stop them from fleeing.

In London, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming called a news conference at the Chinese Embassy to comment on events in Hong Kong and criticize Western governments and media for their responses to the crisis.

"Some Western countries have publicly supported extreme violent offenders," he said.

"The U.S. House of Representatives adopted the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act to blatantly interfere in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs.

"The British government and the foreign affairs committee of the House of Commons published China-related reports making irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong."

Liu also said that by criticizing violent actions by the authorities as well as by the protesters, Britain was in effect taking sides.

"I think when the British government criticizes Hong Kong police, criticizes the Hong Kong government in handling the situation, they are interfering into China's internal affairs," he said.

"They look like they are balanced but as a matter of fact they are taking sides. That is our position."

The ambassador also attacked Western media, saying that reporting on Hong Kong was misleading and did not give enough prominence to violence perpetrated by the protesters. He also dismissed Western media reports on the separate issue of what U.N. experts and activists condemn as repression in China's western Xinjiang region as "pure fabrication".

As the ambassador's news conference was unfolding, the British Foreign Office issued the latest in a series of statements about Hong Kong.

"The UK is seriously concerned by the escalation in violence from both the protesters and the authorities around Hong Kong university campuses," a Foreign Office spokesman said.

"It is vital that those who are injured are able to receive appropriate medical treatment, and that safe passage is made available for all those who wish to leave the area. We need to see an end to the violence, and for all sides to engage in meaningful political dialogue ahead of the District Council elections on Sunday."

Also during the news conference at the embassy, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on all sides to show restraint.

The European Commission on Monday also called on law enforcement authorities to keep their action "strictly proportionate".

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Only Trump stands up to China.

Greed by most countries sees them accept chines money and also chinese rules.

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Only Trump stands up to China.

As long as Trump/Ivanka Inc. can get more trademarks and can continue to have their products made in China through arrangements with the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) oligarchs. Trump and family first. Trump's only taken from the US, given little in return. Why's he hiding his tax info?

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Liu Xiaoming is severely misinformed...

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Trump and family first. Trump's only taken from the US, given little in return. Why's he hiding his tax info?

I think liberals need to stay clear away from CNN and msnbc, even the NYT is sounding more rational these days. No one cares about his taxes except for the haters. Haters, Trump’s taxes won’t put more money in your pocket or improve your health.

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I think liberals need to stay clear away from CNN and msnbc, even the NYT is sounding more rational these days

I suppose this kind of sentiment is related to the topic. Both China and the poster are trying to dictate to the people what they should and shouldn't do.

There is an escalation in pro-Beijing intimidation and threats which should not be taken likely. It's coming from the very top, it's coming from aggressive posts using disgusting language and it's coming from within campuses all across the world.

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I suppose it is good that the CCP has stacked the leadership in Hong Kong with puppets, or they'd really have something to worry about.

In other countries, you know, democracies, when the people rise up like they have in Hong Kong, the leader either hears the people and takes steps to do what they want

or

he steps down, usually talking govt friends with them.

But not in Hong Kong, because the CCP controls the swords and they aren't a democracy.

Ref: Puerto Rico Governor, President of Bolivia, PM of UK, PM of Kosovo, ... those are just in 2019.

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China and Britain signed a 50 year treaty over HK so China should honor it.

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I suppose this kind of sentiment is related to the topic. Both China and the poster are trying to dictate to the people what they should and shouldn't do.

There is an escalation in pro-Beijing intimidation and threats which should not be taken likely. It's coming from the very top, it's coming from aggressive posts using disgusting language and it's coming from within campuses all across the world.

Indeed. The 50-cent army are coming in full force these days, and that is worrying enough to become a national security concern to any country that wants to live under a democracy with respect to the rule of law and with a chance to change governments if they don't do the job well.

At some point, China will have to taste backlash from all around the world because that kind of rhetoric is in line with the stuff the Nazis used to spread in Germany and through political parties with a similar ideology in other countries. Our leaders need to wake up in front of this threat more than never before.

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@theFu

Really? I had not noticed the French government making concessions or stepping down despite a whole year of demonstrations.

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And to think that this whole mess could've been avoided had Xi in Beijing just honored the promises made to the UK and the people of Hong Kong.

This is more of a reflection of what's wrong with the Chinese government than what's wrong with Hong Kong.

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In other countries, you know, democracies, when the people rise up like they have in Hong Kong, the leader either hears the people and takes steps to do what they want

The thing is the protesters have no leaders. They don't meet but just use apps to look out for each other. They need a plan. Listen to Joshua Wong on running for local office. His speech sounds like a high school student running for Student Council President.

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Hello Kitty 321Today 11:36 am JST

@theFu

Really? I had not noticed the French government making concessions or stepping down despite a whole year of demonstrations.

You're then, very misinformed.

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Chinese fascism like all the others has an in-built self-destruct mechanism. Hong Kong has triggered it and the clock is now ticking.

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