BEIJING: China warned Britain that its interferences in Hong Kong's affairs will "definitely backfire" after London criticised plans for a national security law in the former colony.
China's foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday (Jun 3) that Britain had no jurisdiction or supervision over the city, and that any threat to the city's stability and prosperity comes from foreign forces.
"We advise the UK to step back from the brink, abandon their Cold War mentality and colonial mindset, and recognise and respect the fact that Hong Kong has returned" to China, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular briefing.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday that China is destroying the "jewel" of Hong Kong with its crackdown.
He called China to "step back from the brink" and respect Hong Kong's autonomy and Beijing's international obligations.
Raab also said the national security law on Hong Kong was a breach of Beijing's international commitments to the "one country, two systems" principle agreement on the former colony.