China warned UK to stop meddling in
Hong Kong after Britain’s Foreign Ministry through Foreign Secretary Dominic
Raab called Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Friday to discuss the ongoing protests
in the city.
According to Britain’s foreign
ministry, Foreign Secretary Raab emphasized the need for a “fully
independent investigation into recent events.”
The call did not sit well with
“China solemnly demands that the
British side immediately stop all actions that meddle in Hong Kong affairs and
interfere in China’s internal affairs,” said Chinese foreign ministry
spokeswoman Hua Chunying Saturday.
Hua criticized Raab’s move
and demanded Britain to stop meddling in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Just last month, China told Britain
to keep its hands-off Hong Kong after London called for Beijing to honor the
agreements made when the city was handed over in 1997.
Beijing denounced British Foreign
Secretary Jeremy Hunt as “shameless” after he warned of consequences if China
did not abide by the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 on the terms of the
return of Hong Kong, which allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China,
including the right to protest.
“We can make it clear we stand behind
the people of Hong Kong in defense of the freedoms that we negotiated for them
when we agreed to the handover in 1997 and we can remind everyone that we
expect all countries to honor their international obligations,” Hunt told
Hunt’s words clearly offended
China’s London envoy warned Britain
and said meddling in Hong Kong would have serious repercussions on the
relationship between the 2 nations.
“The UK government chose to stand on
the wrong side: it has made inappropriate remarks not only to interfere in
internal affairs of Hong Kong but also to back up the violent law-breakers,”
China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said.
“In the minds of some people, they
regard Hong Kong as still under British rule. They forget … that Hong Kong
has now returned to the embrace of the Motherland,” Liu stated.
“I tell them: hands off Hong Kong and
show respect. This colonial mindset is still haunting the minds of some
officials or politicians,” Liu told reporters.