China says it will ‘not tolerate foreign forces’ in Hong Kong Jul 24, 2019 0 924 12345 AFPBeijingChina on Tuesday slammed the US and Britain for interfering in Hong Kong affairs after the two countries voiced concerns about a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters.The savage beating of the Hong Kong protesters by a mob of suspected gangsters on Sunday has deepened fears about the use of shadowy hired muscle to defend China’s interests. At least 45 people were hospitalised after Sunday’s attack, causing fear and outrage in the Asian financial hub.The incident has also drawn criticism from both the UK and the US, who have expressed concerns over eroding freedoms in the city. But Beijing has reacted angrily to other governments and foreign officials expressing solidarity with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.“China will not tolerate any foreign forces intervening in Hong Kong affairs, nor will it allow any foreign forces to disrupt Hong Kong,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. “We advise the United States to take back their black hands in Hong Kong as early as possible.” Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches -- which drew millions of demonstrators to the streets -- and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial extradition law but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms.China had promised to respect the territory’s freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory after its handover from Britain in 1997.“Everyone can see very clearly that the current developments are by no means issues linked to freedom of speech and assembly. It is a problem of extreme illegal violence. It not only directly impacts the legal foundation of Hong Kong... but also seriously challenges the bottom line of the ‘One country, Two systems’ policy,” Hua said. RELATED ARTICLES India denies seeking Trump’s mediation in Kashmir, oppn grills govt Jul 24, 2019 0 943 US Senate confirms former lobbyist Esper as secretary of defense Jul 24, 2019 0 1010 Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain’s next PM Jul 24, 2019 0 736 Trial opens for Philippine journalist critical of President Duterte Manila: High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa’s libel trial opened on Tuesday in a case that she and press freedom advocates see as government retaliation for her news site’s critical reporting on President .. Pakistan PM says will try to persuade Taliban to meet Afghan govt REUTERS WASHINGTON Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he would try meet with the Taliban in an effort to persuade the group to meet with the Afghan government, as the United States seeks to end the nearly .. Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power Madrid: Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a first parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as he seeks to remain in power after an inconclusive general election. A second, decisive vote has been .. Kabul seeks clarification on Trump talk of ‘wiping out Afghanistan’ KABUL: Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by US President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million .. JD(S)- Cong govt loses trust vote in India’s Karnataka assembly, CM quits AGENCIES BENGALURU Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tendered his resignation after the Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, with the coalition falling ..