China protests to Britain over Jeremy Hunt's Hong Kong comments

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had warned that Beijing should honour its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong or face serious consequences.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had warned that Beijing should honour its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong or face serious consequences.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China protested to Britain over Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's warning that Beijing should honour its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong or face serious consequences, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (July 3).

China lodged stern representations with Britain over the comments, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily briefing.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned violence on both sides and warned of consequences if China neglected commitments made when it took back Hong Kong to allow freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest.