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China warns US against 'interference' in Hong Kong: Xinhua

Published on Apr 7, 2014 2:13 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing warned the United States on Monday against interfering in Hong Kong's affairs after US Vice President Joe Biden met with two of the city's outspoken pro-democracy campaigners last week.

In an unusually high sign of support, Biden attended talks at the White House on Friday with Martin Lee, a founder of Hong Kong's opposition Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, former No.2 in the city's government.

Biden "underscored our long-standing support for democracy in Hong Kong", the White House said in a statement.

In the first official response from Beijing, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua quoted an official as saying that the US should "proceed discreetly" to prevent damaging China-US relations.

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