Beijing expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with G7 on Hong Kong

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 27 2019 04:42 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. Carlos Barria, Reuters

BEIJING - Beijing on Tuesday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" with a joint statement from the G7 leaders which backed Hong Kong's autonomy and called for calm after months of civil unrest.

"We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the statement made by the leaders of the G7 Summit on Hong Kong affairs," said foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang at a press briefing in Beijing.

"We have repeatedly stressed that Hong Kong's affairs are purely China's internal affairs and that no foreign government, organization or individual has the right to intervene."

The Hong Kong pro-democracy protests began as opposition to a bill that would have allowed extradition to China, but have turned into a wider rejection of Beijing's increasingly tight grip on the semi-autonomous city.