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Hong Kong: Carrie Lam tells US to stop meddling

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
September 10, 2019 at 04:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned the US not to meddle with her administration's response to mass civil disobedience on Tuesday.

"To interfere into Hong Kong's internal affairs in terms of what we are doing under the Basic Law, protection of freedoms and liberties, this is totally unnecessary," said Lam.

China has consistently warned other countries not to interfere in its "internal affairs".

Lam also called on Hong Kongers to reject violence, after another weekend of protests, the 14th in a row, with clashes between police and demonstrators throughout the city.

The movement was sparked by changes to a law which facilitated extradition to mainland China. That bill has since been dropped, although the protesters demands have since grown into issues of wider reform.

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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned the US not to meddle with her administration's response to mass civil disobedience on Tuesday.

"To interfere into Hong Kong's internal affairs in terms of what we are doing under the Basic Law, protection of freedoms and liberties, this is totally unnecessary," said Lam.

China has consistently warned other countries not to interfere in its "internal affairs".

Lam also called on Hong Kongers to reject violence, after another weekend of protests, the 14th in a row, with clashes between police and demonstrators throughout the city.

The movement was sparked by changes to a law which facilitated extradition to mainland China. That bill has since been dropped, although the protesters demands have since grown into issues of wider reform.

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W/S Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam approaches podium

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region does enjoy a high degree of autonomy in conducting our external affairs. But those external affairs are certainly will be of mutual benefits to both parties. So when we sign a Free Trade Agreement, when we have comprehensive avoidance of double taxation, those were done in that proper context, to bring mutual benefits to both parties. Similarly, any agreements that we have or any particular provisions applied to Hong Kong from the Americans, they are not exclusively for the benefit of Hong Kong. They are also mutual."

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SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "But to interfere into Hong Kong's internal affairs in terms of what we are doing under the Basic Law, protection of freedoms and liberties, this is totally unnecessary because we ourselves have the obligation or the duty to comply with the Basic Law."

M/S Journalists taking photos

SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "If you read my video statement, the offer of four actions, not just the formal withdrawal of the bill, it's not directly to stop these protests or the violence. It's really to extend my sincerity to start a dialogue with the people. So in our view, violence should be stopped for the benefit of Hong Kong, but going forward, to mend the rift in society and to bring back peace, then we are very willing to engage people directly in a dialogue. So that is our current position and as I've said in my introductory remarks we're gearing up to go into the community, to have that dialogue directly with the people. But I make a further appeal here that the first priority in order to achieve the objective of bringing peace and order to Hong Kong is for all people of Hong Kong to say 'no' to violence."

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