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China rejects 'interference' over Hong Kong after US pledges support for 'universal suffrage'

Published on Sep 3, 2014 6:47 PM
 
Protesters wave their mobile phones and other electronic devices as they take part in a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex on Aug 31, 2014. China stressed on Wednesday that it would tolerate no foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs, after the United States said it supported "universal suffrage" in the territory. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China stressed on Wednesday that it would tolerate no foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs, after the United States said it supported "universal suffrage" in the territory.

The "constitutional reform of Hong Kong is China's domestic affair which brooks no interference from the outside", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a regular briefing.

Mr Qin was responding to comments made by State Department spokesman Jen Psaki in Washington on Tuesday supportive of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous region of China.

"The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and the aspirations of the Hong Kong people," Ms Psaki told reporters, referring to Hong Kong's mini-constitution.

 
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