SHANGHAI: China’s government said on Saturday it supported the decision of Hong Kong’s leader to suspend an unpopular bill that would allow extraditions to China and which sparked a week of protests, reports AFP.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the decision an attempt to “listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible”.“We support, respect and understand this decision,” Geng Shuang said in a statement, hours after Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the bill’s suspension.
Opposition to the Beijing-backed bill united an unusually wide cross-section of Hong Kong.
Critics feared the proposed law would subject people to China’s notoriously opaque and politicised courts and it was seen as the latest move by Beijing to weaken freedoms promised to the former British colony when it was handed back over to China in 1997.
“The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents are fully protected in accordance with the law. The facts are obvious to all,” the Chinese foreign ministry statement said.