Chinese Embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

China's embassy in Ottawa told Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement with the European Union in defence of the "fundamental right of assembly" for Hong Kong citizens.Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday in the 11th week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.On the eve of Sunday's rally, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement: "Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly ... must continue to be upheld.""It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation," the pair wrote. The statement did not explicitly assign blame to either the government or the protesters."Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential," the statement said, noting that both Canada and the EU support Hong Kong's "high degree of autonomy" within China, as well as its residents' right to peaceful assembly.The Chinese Embassy said in a statement on its website that Canada shou ...Read more

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