China issues warning over Hong Kong ‘illegal’ protests

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Visiting Washington, Mr Wang also warned that the matter was an “internal affair” for China.

SHAFAQNA- China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a stern warning against any “illegal” protests in Hong Kong.

His US counterpart, John Kerry, urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint in dealing with the protests.

Earlier, student demonstrators angry at China’s vetting of candidates for 2017 elections vowed to step up protests if Chief Executive CY Leung did not quit.

They said that protesters would start occupying government buildings if Mr Leung did not resign by Thursday.

Overnight, protesters massed outside Mr Leung’s office in a stand-off with some 200 police.

Mr Wang, the most senior Chinese official to speak openly on the matter, said: “Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. All countries should respect China’s sovereignty. For any country, for any society, no-one will allow those illegal acts that violate public order.”

However, he added: “We believe that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s government has the capability to properly handle the current situation in accordance with the law.”

Mr Kerry said the US supported universal suffrage in Hong Kong, adding: “We have high hopes that the Hong Kong authorities will exercise restraint and respect for the protesters’ right to express their views peacefully.”

In China, an editorial in People’s Daily warned of “unimaginable consequences” if the protests continued, while state TV said Hong Kong’s police should be supported in their attempts to “restore the social order as soon as possible”.

 

 

Source: BBC News

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