Beijing urged the UK on Wednesday to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs after London suspended future sales of tear gas and other crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong amidst allegations of police brutality against protesters this month.
“The UK has repeatedly made irresponsible remarks and interfered with Hong Kong affairs,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. “China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolutely opposes this; we demand the UK immediately stop interference of any kind in Hong Kong and China’s internal affairs.
Hong Kong has been embroiled in massive protests with organisers estimating millions in the streets to demand officials withdraw an extradition bill that would send suspects for trial in China, where the ruling Communist Party controls the courts.
Clashes with police left dozens injured after authorities used rubber bullets, water cannons, bean bag rounds and batons to disperse protesters in the former British colony.
Police also appear to have fired tear gas made by British defence contractor Chemring Defence, also known as PW Defence, to disperse protesters, according to Amnesty International, a human rights group, putting pressure on the UK government to review its arms export licenses.