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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the EEAS Statement on the Situation in Hong Kong

Q: On 13 August, the EEAS issued a statement on the situation in Hong Kong, which called upon all sides to exercise restraint and reject all kinds of violence. The statement also underlined the importance of engaging in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue. What is your comment?

A: Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. The EU side, in disregard of China’s objection, once again made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs. The Chinese side is gravely concerned about this move.

I want to point out that what happens in Hong Kong is now evolving into extreme violence. Any attempt to lump together the rigorously lawful exercise of duties by Hong Kong police with the extreme and violent offences by the radicals is absolutely misleading and incorrect, to which we are firmly opposed.

The top priority now in Hong Kong is to stop violence and chaos, and restore law and order. This is the most pressing demand and the broadest consensus of Hong Kong people across the sectors.

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