US voices 'grave concern' over increasing violence in HK
THE United States has expressed 'grave concern' over the increasingly violent situation in Hong Kong and urged both the police and protesters to 'exercise restraint'
THE United States has expressed 'grave concern' over the increasingly violent situation in Hong Kong and urged both the police and protesters to 'exercise restraint'.
In a statement, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus urged Beijing to honour commitments that 'Hong Kong will 'enjoy a high degree of autonomy' and that the people of Hong Kong will enjoy human rights the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly - core values that we share with Hong Kong.'
She added that the US condemned violence on all sides and urged 'the Hong Kong government to build on its dialogue with the Hong Kong public and begin efforts to address the underlying concerns driving the protests. We also urge the protesters to respond to efforts at dialogue'.
Ms Ortagus explained that the US believes that Hong Kong's autonomy, its adherence to the rule of law, and its commitment to protecting civil liberties are key to 'preserving its special status under US law, as well as to the success of 'One Country, Two Systems' and Hong Kong's future stability and prosperity'.