China Covid Protests Highlights, November 29: After UK broadcaster BBC accused China of assaulting and detaining one of its reporters, the country’s foreign ministry accused it of “maliciously playing the victim”. China also called out the UK government for its “hypocritical double standards” after it condemned the incident.
On the continuing protests in the country, the foreign ministry said, “China is a country with rule of law and all rights and freedoms of Chinese citizens are protected but they must be exercised within the framework of the law.”
Earlier, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, meanwhile, said the Chinese government should “take notice” of the protests. “Protests against the Chinese government are rare and when they do happen I think the world should take notice, but I think the Chinese government should take notice,” Cleverly told reporters. “It’s clear that the Chinese people themselves are deeply unhappy with what is going on, about the restrictions imposed upon them by the Chinese government,” he added.