November 12, 2019 / 7:42 AM / a month ago

China says stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong

Demonstrators stand with shields and umbrellas during an anti-government protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong now after the United States condemned “unjustified use of deadly force” in the latest violence and urged China to honour its commitments to freedom of expression in the territory.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

Police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set on a fire in Hong Kong on Monday.

Reporting by Catherine Cadell; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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