Chinese envoy to Britain says Beijing is not suppressing Hong Kong activists

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming talks to the crowd following the Chinese Lunar New Year parade through central London, Britain January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) – Any responsible government has to take measures against violence, the Chinese ambassador to London said on Monday, when asked about Beijing’s response to protests in Hong Kong against it imposing national security laws on the city.

Asked on Sky News whether China was suppressing the activists, Liu Xiaoming said: “It is not Chinese suppression, what is going on in Hong Kong is violence. It is a risk to the national security … any responsible government has to take measures.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Editing by Paul Sandle