China says stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong

Protesters using a catapult against police during a protest at a university on Nov 12, 2019, following a day of pro-democracy protests.
Protesters using a catapult against police during a protest at a university on Nov 12, 2019, following a day of pro-democracy protests.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China said stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong now after the United States condemned "unjustified use of deadly force" in the latest violence and urged China to honour its commitments to freedom of expression in the territory.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Tuesday (Nov 12).

Police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on a fire in Hong Kong on Monday.