September 3, 2019 / 8:15 AM / 17 days ago

China says Hong Kong's status as part of China not up for discussion

Yang Guang, spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, attends a news conference on the current situation in Hong Kong, in Beijing, China September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s status as a Chinese territory is not up for discussion and Beijing will not sit idly by if the situation there endangers national security, China’s Hong Kong affairs office said on Tuesday.

Xu Luying, spokeswoman of the central Chinese government’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, told reporters the central government is confident that Hong Kong’s government has the will and ability to end the violence as soon as possible.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by Darren Schuettler

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