Yang Guang, spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office condemned reported petrol bomb attacks at police stations on Monday. This comes as protestors began protesting against a proposed controversial extradition bill with mainland China but went on to call for political reform with many claiming the cities’ autonomy had been eroded. Mr Yang said: “In the past few days, Hong Kong’s radical demonstrators have repeatedly attacked police officers with extremely dangerous tools, which already constitutes serious violent crimes and has begun to show signs of terrorism.
“This is a gross violation of the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong, violent crimes must be resolutely cracked down in accordance with the law, without hesitation or mercy.”
Hong Kong Police Force has admitted it used undercover officers and deployed them at antigovernment protests but denied they provoked trouble as police have repeatedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas.
Protests at the city airport, involving some staff, has seen several flights been cancelled.
As reported by Newsweek Chinese Foreign Ministery spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters: “The U.S. has been making various Hong Kong-related accusations that are wanton, fact-distorting and inflammatory. Some senior U.S. politicians and diplomatic officials met and engaged with anti-China rabble-rousers in Hong Kong, criticised China unreasonably, propped up violent and illegal activities and undermined Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. These facts are only too obvious. I’d like to ask the US this question again: what is the true intention behind your behaviours relating to Hong Kong?”
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Ms Hua continued: “I need to reemphasise a plain truth. Hong Kong is part of China, and its affairs are entirely China’s internal affairs. We urge the U.S. to observe international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs at once.”
Washington has largely denied these accusations but State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus called China a “thuggish regime” and accused Chinese officials of leaking personal information about US Consulate General in Hong Kong Julie Eadeh and her family.
Hong Kong was formally a British Empire colony.
In 1842 after China confiscated opium from British merchants starting the First Opium War, Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in perpetuity.
This was followed by the Second Opium War between Britain, France, the US and Qing China which saw the Kowloon Peninsula ceded in perpetuity also.
In 1898, Britain leased the New Territories for 99 years, which makes up 86.2 percent of the territory and half of the population, the entire territory was returned when the lease expired as it was considered impartial to divide Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s current Chief Executive Carrie Lam was born in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.
Protestors have called for Mrs Lam to resign but reports have suggested Beijing has refused to allow her to do so despite offers from the Chief Executive herself.
Hong Kong’s first Chief Executive Chee-hwa Tung resigned in 2005 citing health issues but his popularity had taken a dip following the SARS outbreak and the Article 23 controversy over a law against subversion of the state which saw half a million protestors on Hong Kong’s streets.