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UK FCO in latest interference in Hong Kong's internal affairs

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 19 April 2020 5:40 PM

In the midst of a global pandemic, with the UK suffering more than most countries from the coronavirus outbreak, the British government has seen fit to renew its interference in China's internal affairs.

According to a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson, the UK is "concerned" about political developments in Hong Kong and is "following" events "closely".

The FCO statement goes on to demand protection for "protests" in Hong Kong and lectures the Chinese government, in addition to the local administration in Hong Kong, on the merits of a "meaningful political dialogue".

What the FCO calls "protests" is a reference to agitation by essentially pro-British elements in Hong Kong which used a proposed extradition law (which has since been put on hold) as a pretext to weaken Beijing's control over the special administrative region.

Back in August 2019 China warned the UK in no uncertain terms to stop interfering in its internal affairs by lending support to rioters and agitators in Hong Kong.

But China's strong diplomatic warnings to the UK throughout summer 2019 have not deterred the FCO from continuing to reach out to the so-called protestors, even though the movement has essentially petered out.

Indeed, the latest FCO statement can be seen as an attempt to revive the protest movement with a view to maintaining a potentially significant pressure point on Beijing.

A British colony for 155 years, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 under the "one country two systems" formula. China has often complained that Britain exploits this arrangement to interfere in Hong Kong's affairs.

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