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China: Beijing hails 'overseas Chinese' for rallies condemning Hong Kong protests

China, Beijing
August 22, 2019 at 10:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang praised the "overseas Chinese and students" that have held rallies around the world to condemn the Hong Kong protests, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

"It is totally natural and reasonable for them to express their indignation and opposition to the words and deeds of those trying to split the country and smear China's image," he said.

He added that "1.4 billion Chinese people, including our compatriots in Hong Kong, have no greater desire than to stop unrest and violence and restore order."

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and condemning government and police actions.

Several pro-China rallies condemning the Hong Kong protests took place over the past weeks, including in Boston in the US, Canada's Vancouver and Australia's Melbourne.

Geng later touched on the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities and urged Canada to "reflect on its mistakes."

Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities last December at the request of the United States, for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran, in a case that has caused tensions between the US, Canada and China to flare up.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang praised the "overseas Chinese and students" that have held rallies around the world to condemn the Hong Kong protests, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

"It is totally natural and reasonable for them to express their indignation and opposition to the words and deeds of those trying to split the country and smear China's image," he said.

He added that "1.4 billion Chinese people, including our compatriots in Hong Kong, have no greater desire than to stop unrest and violence and restore order."

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and condemning government and police actions.

Several pro-China rallies condemning the Hong Kong protests took place over the past weeks, including in Boston in the US, Canada's Vancouver and Australia's Melbourne.

Geng later touched on the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities and urged Canada to "reflect on its mistakes."

Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities last December at the request of the United States, for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran, in a case that has caused tensions between the US, Canada and China to flare up.

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