Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2019/08/20

Q: There have been a number of clashes in Canada, Australia and other countries between supporters of the Hong Kong protesters and supporters of the Hong Kong police. What is the foreign ministry’s opinion of overseas students and other Chinese citizens participating in these pro-Beijing counter-protests?

A: We noted the media reports. First, it is totally understandable and reasonable for Chinese students and other Chinese citizens overseas to express indignation and opposition against such words and deeds that attempt to separate China and smear its image.

Second, we also hope overseas Chinese can express their patriotism in a rational way and protect themselves from harm.

Third, the Chinese government asks overseas Chinese to observe local laws and regulations. In the meantime, we hope relevant countries can understand and respect their legal activities and protect their lawful rights and interests.

(Source: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on August 19, 2019)

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