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UK: Beijing 'will not sit on its hands' over Hong Kong - China's ambassador

United Kingdom, London
August 15, 2019 at 19:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming gave a stark warning to the protesters in Hong Kong during a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in London on Thursday.

"Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further into unrest... the central government would not sit on its hands and watch," warned the Chinese envoy adding that China had "enough solutions and enough power... to quell any unrest swiftly."

"The movement has gone way beyond the free assembly and peaceful protests," said Liu Xiaoming adding that the protests were showing "signs of terrorism."

 

Liu Xiaoming also restated that Hong Kong was part of China and that foreign powers should respect its sovereignty and not interfere in the internal affairs of the region or they will "lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."

 

The Chinese ambassador went on to lament what he views as the bias in reporting on the protests and used Ruptly footage of activists breaking into the Hong Kong legislative council building as an example of a scene "absent from Western media."

 

When asked about a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump regarding a possible meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the protests, Liu Xiaoming said that the tweet was not a formal invitation and no meeting is planned.

 

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March and have frequently turned violent. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials. They also want Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and the conduct of Hong Kong's police during the protests to be investigated.

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The Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming gave a stark warning to the protesters in Hong Kong during a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in London on Thursday.

"Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further into unrest... the central government would not sit on its hands and watch," warned the Chinese envoy adding that China had "enough solutions and enough power... to quell any unrest swiftly."

"The movement has gone way beyond the free assembly and peaceful protests," said Liu Xiaoming adding that the protests were showing "signs of terrorism."

 

Liu Xiaoming also restated that Hong Kong was part of China and that foreign powers should respect its sovereignty and not interfere in the internal affairs of the region or they will "lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."

 

The Chinese ambassador went on to lament what he views as the bias in reporting on the protests and used Ruptly footage of activists breaking into the Hong Kong legislative council building as an example of a scene "absent from Western media."

 

When asked about a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump regarding a possible meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the protests, Liu Xiaoming said that the tweet was not a formal invitation and no meeting is planned.

 

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March and have frequently turned violent. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials. They also want Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and the conduct of Hong Kong's police during the protests to be investigated.

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M/S Chinese ambassador to UK Liu Xiaoming approaching podium for presser, London

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK: "I'd like to show you a short video clip so that you could see some scenes and hear some voices that are absent in the Western media."

W/S Ruptly footage of protesters breaking into Hong Kong Legislative Council building being shown on screen *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to UK: "Violence [in Hong Kong] involved has escalated and the damage to the society has expanded. The movement has gone way beyond the free assembly and peaceful protest. It is posing a severe challenge to law and order in Hong Kong threatening the safety of life and property of Hong Kong people, undermining the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and challenging the principle bottom line of one country, two systems. As a result Hong Kong now faces the gravest situation since its handover [in 1997]."

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK: "Their [more radical members of pro-democracy movement] moves are severe and violent offences and already show signs of terrorism. The central government of China would never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, a dangerous abyss. We've never allowed anyone to harm the rule of law and some development in Hong Kong. We've never allowed anyone to undermine 'one country two systems' at any excuse. Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further into unrest, uncontrollable for the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the central government would not sit on its hands and watch. We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly."

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK: "Would the UK allow extremists to storm the Palace of Westminster and damage its facilities and get away with it? Would the UK give permission for attacking police officers with the lethal weapons or set fire to a police station without any punishment? Would the UK allow so-called pro-democracy writers to occupy the airport, obstruct traffic, disturb social order or threaten the safety and people's life and property? Aren't all these regarded as crimes in the UK?"

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK: "I want to reiterate it here that Hong Kong is part of China. No foreign country should interfere in Hong Kong's internal affairs. We urge those foreign forces to respect China's sovereignty and security, immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs, stop interfering in China's internal affairs, stop conniving in violent offenses. They should not misjudge the situation and go down the wrong path. Otherwise they will lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."

SOT, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK: "I don't think (US) President (Donald) Trump proposed officially, formally to have a meeting with (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) now. I saw his Twitter; he expressed his views on Hong Kong. You know Hong Kong is a constant subject between China and Western governments including UK and United States. You know we are open to discussion, but the important thing to remember is that we do not agree. We cannot accept any interference in Hong Kong internal affairs; we believe these are purely China's internal affairs."

M/S Chinese ambassador to UK Liu Xiaoming leaving presser

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