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  • China lodges diplomatic protest with US over Pence meeting HK’s publisher

    Published on July 9, 2019

    China today lodged a diplomatic protest with the US over Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting a prominent Hong Kong media publisher in Washington during which they discussed the situation in the former British colony in the light of massive anti-Beijing protests.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, China is firmly opposed to the meeting as it sent a wrong signal.

    The move came after Pence and Pompeo met local media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the founder of Hong Kong media giant Next Digital and the Apple Daily newspaper, which is published in Hong Kong and Taiwan and is known for its pro-democracy stance.

    Hong Kong, a former British colony, became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1997, when Britain’s 99-year lease expired.

    The city is governed under the principle of one country, two systems, under which China has agreed to give it some autonomy and preserve its economic and social systems for 50 years from the date of the handover.

    There have been protests in Hong Kong over a controversial extradition law which the locals apprehend could be used to send political dissidents from Hong Kong to mainland China for prosecution.

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