China’s ambassador to the UK has warned British politicians against interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, amid clashes between protesters and police.
Liu Xiaoming said the UK should “refrain from saying or doing anything that interferes or undermines the rule of law in Hong Kong”.
Some British politicians think “their hands are still in the colonial days”, he told a press conference in London.
The UK has has called for “calm from all sides”.
Millions of Hong Kong citizens have taken part in 10 weeks of anti-government protests, demanding democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police brutality.
While many of the demonstrations were peaceful, an increasing number have ended in violent clashes with police.
Mr Liu’s warning comes days after the Chinese foreign ministry told Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.
He accused some British politicians of viewing Hong Kong as “part of the British empire”
He made the comment in response to a question about a proposal by Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat to extend UK citizenship rights to Hong Kong Chinese.
“I think some of them still regard Hong Kong as part of British empire and they treat Hong Kong as part of the UK,” Mr Liu said.
“They are going to have to change their mindset, put them in the proper position and regard Hong Kong as a part of China, not as a part of the UK”, he added.
Hong Kong, which was a British colony until 1997, is a special administrative region of China, giving it greater independence.
The Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984 said Hong Kong would enjoy a “high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs” and be “vested with executive, legislative and independent judicial power”. Read more