Leading Chinese official warns British MPs to 'tone down' statements about protests in Hong Kong

Mail Online | 8/20/2019 | Larisa Brown And Sam Greenhill For The Daily Mail
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China has threatened MPs and peers to stop being 'disrespectful' over Hong Kong – or face the 'consequences'.

Leung Chun-ying, former head of the Hong Kong government, warned senior politicians who had spoken out about the protests to stop spreading 'false statements' and to take a more 'positive and respectful tone'.

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In a chilling letter, he said: 'We seek that the British government lowers its tone with regards to false statements that inflames protests and riots in Hong Kong. The immediate cessation of the liberal agenda would be optimal to ensure future successful relationship with China.'

Mr Leung, also known as CY Leung, is now vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body.

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A loyalist to the Beijing regime, Mr Leung said China hopes for a 'more positive and respectful tone in the near future'.

He said: 'Should you seek to agitate matters further, the Chinese government will elaborate further with regards to future consequences.'

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The warning comes after 11 weeks of clashes between activists and police in Hong Kong – a former British-ruled territory – which have sparked tensions between China and Britain.

The protests were sparked by a controversial extradition bill, which has since been suspended. They have now morphed into a broader movement demanding democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police brutality.

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Such a direct threat to British parliamentarians by a foreign power is unprecedented and will likely further inflame tensions between the two countries.

One of the letters was sent to Lord David Alton, an independent cross-bench peer, who has said the UK should guarantee the citizenship of Hong Kong people in Commonwealth countries.

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Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said Britain should give Hong Kong citizens full UK nationality as a means of reassurance amid the standoff.

He said...
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