Britain summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong comments -source

FILE PHOTO: China's ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming arrives at 10 Carlton House Terrace in central London, where representatives from Britain, China, France and energy company EDF will sign an agreement to build and operate a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Britain, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has summoned China’s ambassador following “unacceptable” comments he made over London’s criticism of the situation in Hong Kong, a source told Reuters.

The ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, said earlier on Wednesday that the British seem to have forgotten that Hong Kong is no longer a colony, and that London should keep its hands off the territory.

The source, who declined to be named, said the ambassador had been called in to the Foreign Office.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison