August 19, 2019 / 7:43 AM / a month ago

Labour says government must talk to China over Hong Kong

FILE PHOTO: Anti-extradition bill protesters gather in front of the government complex during a rally to demand democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party said the government should talk directly with China over Hong Kong and urged Chinese authorities to respect the ‘one country, two systems’ principle in the former British province.

“We’ve got to have a proper dialogue with the Chinese government itself. I expect the UK government now to again make its position very, very clear: that we expect the Chinese government to abide by the agreement,” Labour’s finance policy spokesman John McDonnell told BBC Radio.

“We’re on the side of the people saying stick to the deal.”

Reporting by William James; Editing by William Schomberg

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