On Tuesday, China declared that U.S. officials were causing mayhem in Hong Kong. There were series of widespread protests in the city, including bloody and violent clashes on the weekend. These demonstrations led to the police clashing with the protesters as well after they pelted government buildings with various objects.
This overnight attack, targeting pro democracy protesters has raised concerns to higher levels in Hong Kong. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “The U.S. should know one thing, that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong, and we do not allow any foreign interference. We advise the U.S. to withdraw their black hands.”
She said a ‘high degree’ of autonomy has been effectively implemented in Hong Kong already. But many resent what they see as Beijing’s creeping control and its refusal to let its residents directly elect their leader.
“The behavior of some radical protesters challenges the central government’s authority, touching on the bottom line principle of ‘one country, two systems that absolutely cannot be tolerated,” says the chief spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, Senior Col. Wu Qian. If need be, even troops may be mobilized in the People’s Liberation Army garrison to maintain order. Because separatism and destructive behaviour are China’s most immediate security threats at the moment.