China has told Britain to keep its hands off Hong Kong after 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.
- The Sino-British declaration in 1984 allows Hong Kong freedoms not enjoyed in China
- Beijing claims London’s remarks are “inappropriate”
- Hong Kong police has arrested 12 people involved in the protests
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.
“In the minds of some people, they regard Hong Kong as still under British rule. They forget … that Hong Kong has now returned to the embrace of the Motherland,” China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said.