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China will not condone attempts to separate Hong Kong

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China and any form of separatism will be “crushed”, state media said on Monday, a day after demonstrators gathered at the US consulate to seek help for democracy in the city.

Sunday’s rally in Hong Kong was evidence that outside powers were behind the protests that began in mid-June and warned demonstrators to “stop testing the patience of the central government,” the China Daily said.

Chinese officials have accused outside powers of trying to harm Beijing by creating chaos in Hong Kong over an unpopular bill that would have allowed suspects to be tried in communist-controlled courts.

Anger at the bill has turned into sometimes violent protests demanding greater freedom for Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under the formula of “one country, two systems,” China Daily said in an editorial. Which must not be challenged by either demonstrators or external forces that play dirty roles.

“The demonstrations in Hong Kong are not about rights or democracy. It is the result of outside intervention. In order not to misinterpret the control of the central government itself as weakness, let it be known that any form of separatist tendencies will be crushed.”

The rule of law must be confirmed and Hong Kong could pay a higher price if the status quo continues, Xinhua said in a separate comment.

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