The White House said Biden held discussions with former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong Lee Chu-ming and former Chief Secretary Chan Fang On-sang. Both are doing a two-week visit to North America
China expressed its objection to the meeting of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, with two former Hong Kong legislators and asked the United States to refrain from interfering in the affairs of Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region, China.
A spokesman of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong said Hong Kong business are an internal affair of China. The country is firmly opposed to any country's interference in the internal affairs of China in any way.
The spokesman made the remarks when asked to comment on Biden's meeting with two HK activists.
Anson Chan Fang On-sang, former boss and the coordinator of the pro-democracy Hong Kong and Martin Lee Chu-ming, founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, are on a visit of several weeks to U.S. and Canada .
The White House said that Biden "emphasized the longstanding support Washington gives democracy in Hong Kong"
Chan and Lee met with "officials of the National Security Council" then Biden will also approach the game.
During the 20-minute meeting with the vice president, Chan and Lee expressed concern about press freedom, pointing to the knife attack to former chief editor of Ming Pao, Kevin Lau Chun.
The White House said Biden held discussions with former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong Lee Chu-ming and former Chief Secretary Chan Fang On-sang. Both are doing a two-week visit to North America.
The two activists expressed concerns about press freedom in Hong Kong after a recent knife attack against Kevin Lau, a former editor of the "Ming Pao” newspaper". They also expressed concerns that freedom and other central values of Hong Kong are threatened.
The spokesman rejected these ideas.
"Over the past 17 years since the return of Hong Kong, the region has successfully applied the framework of 'one country, two systems', which contributed to the large socio-economic and democratic development of Hong Kong. As a result, Hong Kong people are enjoying freedom and unprecedented democratic rights, which has received international recognition, "the spokesman said.
He also urged the U.S. to "proceed discreetly" with respect to the affairs of Hong Kong to avoid damage to Sino-US relations when Hong Kong is in a critical time of political reform.
traslation: Belén Zapata