0105 GMT December 13, 2019
There has been an escalating war of words between China and Britain following mass protests in Hong Kong against a now suspended bill that would allow extradition to mainland China, Reuters reported.
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told BBC TV that Beijing had full confidence in Hong Kong to handle the situation and it was the British government that had interfered in the city’s internal affairs.
“We are not interested in diplomatic war with the UK, ... we are still committed to this golden era between our two countries,” he said, but added that the language used by some British politicians was “Cold War mentality language”.
Tens of thousands of protesters on Sunday marched through one of Hong Kong’s most touristy areas, trying to gain support from mainland Chinese visitors for the city’s opposition to the extradition bill.
Protests against the now-suspended bill have drawn millions of people to the streets in the former British colony in recent weeks, posing the biggest challenge Beijing has faced to its rule in the territory since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1997.
The bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts, has triggered outrage across broad sections of Hong Kong society amid concerns it threatens the much-cherished rule of law that underpins the city’s international financial status.
China and Britain have engaged in a public spat over the bill.