July 3, 2019 / 11:27 AM / 16 days ago

UK's May urges China to respect autonomy in Hong Kong

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media ahead of a European Union leaders summit that aims to select candidates for top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday China must respect the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong and that she had been in touch with China’s government to raise concerns about the situation in the former British colony.

“It is vital that Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British Joint Declaration are respected,” May said in parliament.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Writing by William Schomberg, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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