China Warns Taiwan to Stay Away from Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement
China warned Taiwan on Tuesday to stay out of Hong Kong's affair, claiming that the self-ruled island's interference could cause instability in the former British colony.
The warning comes after a Taiwanese legislature, Baggio Leung, offered his support to Hong Kong's two pro-independent lawmakers Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung.
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"The words and deeds of Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching run contrary to mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong and Hong Kong resident's basic interests, but relevant parties in Taiwan are helping them, to what intent?" Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters.
Ma further warned that the self-ruled island must stop speaking non-sense about Hong Kong's internal affair and quit jeopardizing Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
Taiwanese leaders have been on an overdrive to offer their support to Hong Kong in the wake of the latest pro-democracy movement across the semi-autonomous city. The island's ruling party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has urged Beijing to listen to the aspirations of the people of the former British colony and grant them complete independence.
These supposedly adverse comments and support have come at a time when cross-strait relation is already going through considerable strain. The recent strains became apparent especially after Taiwan's pro-independent leader Tsai Ing-wen assumed the office earlier this year.
Hong Kong's Latest Pro-Democracy Movement
Hong Kong's recent pro-democracy movement has been largely fueled by two pro-independent lawmakers. Yau, 25, and Leung, 30, allegedly misread their oath and carried pro-independent banners during their oath taking ceremony on Oct. 12.
Their oaths were subsequently termed as 'illegal' and were also barred from assuming their legislature seats.
The entire controversy soon snowballed into street movement, after China announced that its top legislative body would interpret Hong Kong's mini-constitution or basic law in order to stop the lawmakers from assuming office.