China backs Hong Kong sanctions on Philippines


Posted at Jan 31 2014 11:39 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2014 07:39 AM

MANILA -- The Chinese government said Friday it supports Hong Kong's decision to scrap the visa-free access of Philippine public officials visiting the former Crown colony.

At the same time, China advised the country's officials to resolve the issue, which came after the Aquino government refused to apologize for the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis in 2010.

Hong Kong had asked the government to apologize for the incident, where eight Hong Kong tourists perished.

The scrapping of the visa-free access will take effect on Wednesday. -- Report from ANC