US ‘fanning flames’ of Hong Kong protests: Top China envoy

Hong Kong, August 2

China’s top diplomat is accusing the US and other unidentified Western nations of “fanning the flames” of street protests in Hong Kong targeting Beijing and the semi-autonomous region’s administration.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi was quoted on Friday in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency as saying those governments were arranging meetings with protest leaders and encouraging them in actions that were undermining Hong Kong’s “prosperity, stability and security”.

Yang’s remarks follow statements earlier this week by a former Hong Kong official that the US and self-governing democratic Taiwan were behind the unrest sparked by Hong Kong now-suspended attempt to push through legislation that could send criminal suspects to China.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday described such claims “ludicrous on its face”. AP