China said Tuesday “extremely unhappy” with the G7 statement on Hong Kong. The seven leaders called for avoiding violence in the semi-autonomous territory after more than two months of demonstrations against the pro-Beijing executive.
Speaking to the press, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated that the situation in the former British colony was internal China affairs and that no “state, organization or individual has the right to ingest it. “We express our extreme dissatisfaction and steadfast opposition to the statement made by G7 leaders about Hong Kong affairs,” he said.
A status of autonomy for fifty years
China is asking G7 members “to stop harboring bad intentions, to put their noses into the affairs of others and to secretly prepare illegal activities,” he added. In their final declaration after three days of the summit in Biarritz, the seven reaffirmed “the existence and importance of the Sino-British Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong” and called “to avoid violence”.
The 1984 declaration, which presided over the surrender of Hong Kong to China in 1997, guaranteed for 50 years the status of autonomy for the territory, under the principle of “one country – two systems”. Protesters who parade since early June in the streets of the metropolis accuse Beijing to gradually begin this status of autonomy and threaten the freedoms in Hong Kong. Geng Shuang said that the 1984 declaration “confirmed that China would restore sovereignty over Hong Kong,” initially handed over to London in the 19th century.