China on Wednesday asked the US to stop issuing orders regarding political reforms in Hong Kong asserting that Washington has no right to interfere in its internal affairs.
Reacting to US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel’s remarks about Hong Kong’s political reform and universal suffrage in the chief executive election, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “Political system development is Hong Kong’s own affair and China’s internal affair. Others have no right to interfere in it”.
The Chinese government firmly opposes any foreign interference in Hong Kong’s political reform or other affairs, Hua told a media briefing.
China regained sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997 after 99 years of British rule.
Universal suffrage in the chief executive election is regarded as an important development in the region’s political system.
In December, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government launched a five-month public consultation on methods for the election of Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive through universal suffrage in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016