China ambassador tells UK to back off Hong Kong
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China’s ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office after telling the UK to keep its “hands off Hong Kong and show respect”, while London called for Beijing to honour the agreements made when the city was handed over in 1997, escalating a diplomatic spat over the former British colony.
Reuters reports that Beijing denounced British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as “shameless” and said it had made a diplomatic complaint to London after he warned of consequences if China neglected its commitments to guarantee basic freedoms.
China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, told reporters that this colonial mindset is still haunting the minds of some officials or politicians.
The growing war of words between China and Britain follows mass protests in Hong Kong against a now suspended bill that would allow extradition to mainland China.