United Kingdom warns of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

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China's government has backed Hong Kong's embattled administration, saying the occupation and vandalizing of the city's legislature by pro-democracy protesters were "serious illegal acts" that endangered the social order.

A New Zealander in Hong Kong says violent protests that ended in demonstrators breaking into parliament and defacing the walls has been disturbing.

Screens went black on the BBC and CNN when they showed related reports in mainland China, as has happened during previous Hong Kong protests. "This colonial mindset is still haunting the minds of some officials or politicians", Liu told reporters.

A worker cleans up outside the Legislative Council, a day after protesters broke into the building in Hong Kong, China July 2, 2019.

Mr Hunt said on Tuesday: "The UK signed an worldwide binding legal agreement that enshrines the 'one country, two systems rule, ' enshrines the basic freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, and we stand four square behind that agreement, four square behind the people of Hong Kong".

Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997, when it became a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China under a "one country, two systems" framework with the territory's legal system independent from the rest of China.

The comments clearly irked Beijing.

Prime Minister Theresa May earlier said she had raised "concerns" over the protests, after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned of "serious consequences" if China breaches a bilateral deal to preserve Hong Kong's freedoms after the city returned to China in 1997.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said at a regular press briefing that Mr Hunt seemed to "be fantasising in the faded glory of British colonialism" and the "bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs".

"I want to ask Mr Hunt. during British colonial period, was there any democracy to speak of in Hong Kong?".

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Hong Kong is at the centre of a diplomatic row between the United Kingdom and China.

China's ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office on Wednesday following "unacceptable and inaccurate" remarks.

Following Hunt's comments, Liu said he thinks the relationship between both countries "in a way has been damaged by the interference of the British Government in Hong Kong because, as I said, the fundamental principles guiding our two countries is mutual respect".

Hunt said there was no reason why good relations between Britain and China could not continue, and that options should be kept open.

"The righteous" being protesters arrested in last month's million-strong demonstrations that prompted Lam, the Beijing-tapped chief executive, to suspend her drive for a law to allow extradition to the mainland's kangaroo courts.

The anger spilled over on Monday as groups of mostly young, hardline protesters - who have demanded the resignation of the city's leader Carrie Lam and the cancellation of the bill - stormed Hong Kong's Legislative Council.

"Hong Kong has always had the potential to be a Trojan horse, in subverting the Chinese communist system".

"Now they are trying the same trick in China", the English-language newspaper said.

Protesters had carried road signs, corrugated iron sheets and pieces of scaffolding as they barged into the council building. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

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