The communist leadership has warned of potential terrorism arising from the increasingly violent protests that have enflamed across Hong Kong. In a statement, Yang Guang, a spokesperson for the Chinese State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office expressed “deep indignation and strong condemnation” at recent events. However, in a landmark development, Beijing has also accused the US of interfering in the recent events in the key finance centre.
In a statement, Chinese Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying questioned some of the remark emanating from the US.
He said: "The U.S. has been making various Hong Kong-related accusations that are wanton, fact-distorting and inflammatory.
"Some senior U.S. politicians and diplomatic officials met and engaged with anti-China rabble-rousers in Hong Kong, criticized China unreasonably, propped up violent and illegal activities and undermined Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
"I'd like to ask the US this question again: what is the true intention behind your behaviours relating to Hong Kong?"
China launches devastating attack on US
The protests started in February in response to a bill introduced that would allow the city’s residents to be extradited to China.
Moreover, Ms Chunying added: "We urge the U.S. to observe international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and to stop interfering in China's internal affairs at once."
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam has repeatedly condemned the protests.
Both the UK and US have openly endorsed the demonstrations, frustrating China.
Beijing has pointed the finger at Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as agitators to the disturbances.
The US has dismissed the accusations.
But, in a telling admission, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus hit out at China, calling it a “thuggish regime”.
On Monday, Washington's consulate in Hong Kong issued a warning to US citizens, noting that all incoming and outgoing flights had been suspended.
Relations between the US and China are already strained due to an ongoing trade war between the two economic giant’s.