|Wednesday, 28 April 2004|
China tells US, Britain to mind own business on HK
HONG KONG, Tuesday (Reuters) China on Tuesday rejected criticism from the United States and Britain on its decision to restrict democratic change for Hong Kong, saying it was an internal matter.
On Monday, both countries expressed disappointment at China's decision to ban universal suffrage for elections of the city's leader in 2007 and all legislators in 2008, which many Hong Kong people had been calling for.
"We are Chinese...We don't allow or need foreign intervention," Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told reporters in Shanghai in remarks broadcast by Hong Kong television.
"Under British rule, Hong Kong had no democracy. Did Britain say anything? Did the United States say anything? No! This is double standard."
Meanwhile Beijing's restriction of democratic reforms in Hong Kong will help provide a stable environment for investors in the city, Hong Kong Financial Secretary Henry Tang said on Tuesday.
"Investors, be they local or foreign, want a stable investment environment...I think this (the Beijing ruling) is conducive to stability," Tang told reporters in Shanghai in remarks broadcast by Hong Kong television. Critics say Beijing's latest step to curb political reforms in one of Asia's top financial centres erodes the city's high level of autonomy and will discourage foreign investment.
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