Political protest conducted by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gained spotlight from the world stage. Protesters are fighting for full democracy on elections. Mainland China is offering Hong Kong voters the right to vote but the Central government will choose the candidates.
The United States expressed its support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, however, calls for peaceful expression of views. “The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law [of 1990], and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
United Kingdom has expressed its continuing moral and political obligation make sure China is respecting its commitments to guarantee Hong Kong’s way of life for 50 years from 1997.
China reiterates its control of Hong Kong and asked other countries not to interfere with Hong Kong’s internal affairs. “Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong affairs fully fall within China’s domestic affairs,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
Foreign countries must “stay away from supporting the illegal acts such as “Occupy Central”, and do not send out wrong signals.”
China also sent a letter through its Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign consulates based in Hong Kong. The letter says, “We hope all Consulates-General in Hong Kong will strictly abide by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and relevant local laws and regulations of Hong Kong, restrain the behaviors of its consular staffs, and advise its nationals living in Hong Kong to stay away from the sites of assembly and “Occupy Central”, so as to avoid violating the law and affecting their own safety and interests.”