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19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘China will not sit back if HK situation gets uncontrollable’

AFP, London
‘China will not sit back if HK situation gets uncontrollable’
Protesters are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong yesterday. AFP photo

China will not simply sit back and watch if months of protests in Hong Kong develop into an “uncontrollable” situation, the country’s ambassador to Britain said yesterday.

“I think the Hong Kong government is trying very hard to put the situation under control,” Liu Xiaoming told a London press conference, as fresh violence erupts after months of protests.

“But if the situation becomes uncontrollable, the central government would certainly not sit on our hands and watch. We have enough resolution and power to end the unrest.”

His comments come after a brief and rare deployment of Chinese troops in Hong Kong over the weekend to clean up streets. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has a barracks in an upper-class district of Hong Kong.

Asked about a possible intervention, the envoy said: “They are there to show Chinese sovereignty and they are there for defence purposes.”

Liu Xiaoming also warned against “external interference” in internal Chinese affairs, singling out Britain and the United States.

Britain, the former colonial power in Hong Kong, on Monday said it was “seriously concerned” about the latest outbreak of violence.

 

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