China has told the US that it will not tolerate any interference by the international community on how it deals with the escalating pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s affairs are China’s internal matters, foreign minister, Wang Yi, told top US leaders in Washington. “Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs and all countries should respect China’s sovereignty,” Wang was quoted by the country’s official news agency Xinhua as telling the US leadership.
The issue was raised during Wang’s meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Kerry called for restraint in handling the situation. “As China knows, we support universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the basiclaw. And we believe in open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy, governed by the rule of law is essential for Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity. And we have high hopes that the Hong Kong authorities will exercise restraint and respect protesters right to express their views reasonably,” Kerry told Wang who was in the US to attend the UN General Assembly.
Wang responded by saying that China will not allow acts that violate public order.