China urges Western nations not to intervene in Hong Kong affairs
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when commenting on reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had described what was happening in Hong Kong as "riots for a long period of time" that China will have to deal with itself.
"Hong Kong is a part of China; they'll have to deal with that themselves," Trump reportedly said at the White House on Thursday, adding that the U.S. side does not need to make recommendations.
In response, Hua said President Trump is right in at least two sentences. "First, what is happening in Hong Kong is a kind of disturbance and riot. Second, Hong Kong is a part of China," Hua told a press briefing.
"The Chinese government's position on the Hong Kong issue is very clear," Hua said. "Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. The Chinese government will never allow any outside forces to intervene in Hong Kong affairs, still less allow any attempt of outside forces to disrupt Hong Kong."
"China strongly urges the United States and some other Western countries to abide by international law and the basic norms of international relations, honor their commitment not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, and stop supporting violent activities and interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form," she added. ■