Xi Jinping reiterates support for ending HK violenceLocal | 15 Nov 2019 12:21 pm
Recent "violent illegal activities" in Hong Kong have "severely trampled on rule of law and social order" President Xi Jinping said today, the state-run People's Daily reported.
In rare comments on the violence in Hong Kong, Xi repeated Beijing's unwavering support for the Hong Kong government and police, warning recent actions by protesters have "seriously challenged the baseline principle of 'one country, two systems'" by which it abides.
Speaking at a summit of Brics countries in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, he said Beijing "firmly supports" Hong Kong's government and police.
"Stopping violence and controlling chaos while restoring order is currently Hong Kong's most urgent task," Xi said in comments reported by the People's Daily.
"We will continue to firmly support the chief executive in leading the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to govern in accordance with the law, firmly support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law, and firmly support the Hong Kong judicial bodies in severely punishing the violent criminals in accordance with the law," Xi said-AFP/Xinhua.