China warns the US not to meddle in Hong Kong
China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has pushed back against the United States Secretary of States John Kerry on the protests that are currently taking place in Hong Kong, saying that the United States are other foreign nations shouldn’t meddle in China’s “internal affairs.”
“We believe an open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by rule of law is essential for Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” Mr. Kerry told reporters with Mr. Wang standing by, according to a State Department transcript.
When it came time for Mr. Wang to speak, he responded that “Hong Kong matters are entirely China’s internal affairs and outside forces have no right to interfere,” according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. He also urged the United States not to “send the wrong signals,” the Chinese statement said.
Mr. Wang issued this statement on Wednesday, shortly before he met with President Barack Obama, who said in a White House meeting that the United States would be watching the protests in Hong Kong closely.
This direct, public disagreement is quite rare for diplomats, particularly Chinese ones, which generally prefer to air their differences behind closed doors. However, considering the American business are among the biggest investors in Hong Kong, the United States has considerable interest in the financial hub, and that touches a nerve in China.
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