China urged the United States to stop using the Hong Kong issue to interfere with its domestic affairs on Monday; after the US embassy called for the release of 12 Hong Kong fugitives on trial in Shenzhen.
A spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing said in a statement on Monday that the “so-called crime” of these fugitives was to “flee tyranny;” and that China will “stop at nothing” to prevent its people from seeking freedom elsewhere.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing that the US remarks “disregard facts”.
Zhao also said that China is firmly opposed to these remarks; and urged the United States to stop interfering with China’s domestic affairs.
However, Germany’s U.N. envoy, during his last scheduled U.N. Security Council meeting, appealed to China to free two detained Canadians for Christmas; prompting China deputy U.N. envoy to respond: “Out of the bottom of my heart: Good riddance.”
Germany finishes a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of this month; and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen also plans to retire after more than 40 years as a diplomat.
“Let me end my tenure on the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing for the release of Michael Kovrig; as well as Michael Spavor. Christmas is the right moment for such a gesture,” Heusgen told the council session, whose official agenda topic was Iran.