Leading Chinese official warns British MPs to water down statements about protests in Hong Kong
Leung Chun-ying, former head of the Hong Kong government, sent a warning letter to senior politicians who had spoken about the protests in Hong Kong
China has threatened MPs and colleagues to stop & # 39; disrespectful & # 39; about Hong Kong – or the & # 39; consequences & # 39; to face.
Leung Chun-ying, former head of the Hong Kong government, warned senior politicians who had talked about the protests to stop spreading & # 39; false statements & # 39; and a more & # 39; positive and respectful tone & # 39; to take.
In a horrifying letter, he said: & We aim to lower the British government's tone with regard to false statements that triggered protests and riots in Hong Kong. Immediately ending the liberal agenda would be optimal to ensure a successful future relationship with China. & # 39;
Mr. Leung, also known as CY Leung, is now vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's most important political advisory body.
Mr. Leung, loyal to the Beijing regime, said that China hopes for a & # 39; more positive and respectful tone in the near future & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; If you want to further agitate matters, the Chinese government will continue to address future consequences. & # 39;
The warning comes after 11 weeks of clashes between activists and police in Hong Kong – a former British ruled territory – that have caused tensions between China and Great Britain.
The protests were fueled by a controversial extradition law, which has since been suspended. They have now turned into a broader movement that demands democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police violence.
The protests were fueled by a controversial extradition law that has since been suspended. They have now turned into a broader movement that demands democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police violence
Such a direct threat to British parliamentarians from a foreign power is unprecedented and is likely to further aggravate tensions between the two countries.
One of the letters was sent to Lord David Alton, an independent professional, who said that the UK should guarantee the citizenship of Hong Kong people in Commonwealth countries.
Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Selection Committee, said that Britain should give Hong Kong citizens the full British nationality as a means of reassurance amidst the impasse.
He said this should have happened in 1997 when it was handed over to Chinese control – and this is now reassuring Hong Kong citizens that they are being supported by the UK.
In the letter signed by CY Leung, politicians were told that expansion of such rights is best approved by the UK Foreign Ministry and at least a referendum by the British people & # 39; have to have.
It also noted that Great Britain had no say in matters in Hong Kong.
Mr Leung, who went to the University of Bristol, also accused Members of Parliament of making & # 39; clear defamatory remarks in Parliament on topics on which they have neither factual information nor want to find out the truth & # 39 ;.
Lord Alton said last night: & # 39; These horrible bully letters are insignificant compared to the seismic events in Hong Kong, but they clearly show to what depths Chinese enforcers are willing to sink to criticism.
& # 39; Meanwhile, the UK must insist that China must answer questions. I have never received such a letter in 40 years in Parliament. & # 39;
Twitter has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that, according to it, were part of a state-supported Chinese influence campaign to sow political divisions in Hong Kong by undermining the legitimacy of the protest movement.
Many accounts have pushed tweets that depict protesters as violent criminals. The Chinese government said it was unaware of the allegations.
Simon Cheng Man-kit, a British consular officer, worked in Hong Kong when he disappeared after a trip to mainland China
Beijing has a British consulate employee
A British consular officer who works in Hong Kong has disappeared after a trip to the Chinese mainland.
The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that it was & # 39; extremely concerned & # 39; was about the Simon Cheng Man kit, which was detained while crossing the Chinese city of Shenzhen back to Hong Kong earlier this month.
British officials said they were looking for information from China about the trade and investment officer.
His detention comes in the midst of heightened tensions about protests in the former British colony of Hong Kong. Security has been stepped up on the border with China.
Local media said Mr. Cheng Man Kit went to a business event in Shenzhen on August 8. His girlfriend shared messages from him online, in which he wrote that he was at the border and added & # 39; pray for me & # 39 ;.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang claimed that he was & # 39; unaware & # 39; on the House.
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