China will quell Hong Kong protests that show signs of terrorism: UK ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming leaves the BBC headquarters after appearing on the Andrew Marr show in London, Britain July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – China will use its power to quell Hong Kong protests if the situation deteriorates further after some protesters have shown signs of terrorism, China’s ambassador to London said on Thursday.

“Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further … the central government will not sit on its hands and watch,” ambassador Liu Xiaoming told reporters.

“We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of basic law to quell any unrest swiftly,” Liu said. “Their moves are severe and violent offences, and already shows signs of terrorism.”

“The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss,” Liu said.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Costas Pitas; writing by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *