#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG – October 02 – China’s foreign minister made it clear Beijing would not allow other countries to meddle into its ‘internal affairs’, responding in this way to US Secretary of State’s call for Beijing to grant Hong Kong the “highest possible degree of autonomy.”
The American and the Chinese heads of foreign offices exchanged their views on the massive protests in Hong Kong before their talks at the US State Department on Wednesday.
“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. “All countries should respect China’s sovereignty. And this is also a basic principle governing international relations. I believe for any country, for any society, no one will allow those illegal acts that violate public order.”
Wang added he believed the current Hong Kong leadership was able to handle the large-scale sit-ins by itself.
The remark was made after US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated Washington’s support for “universal suffrage” in Hong Kong, the main demand put forward by protesters in the Asian financial hub.
“We support universal suffrage in Hong Kong accordant with the Basic Law, and we believe in open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by rule of law is essential for Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” Kerry said.
Wang Yi received the same message from Barack Obama, whom he met later the same day, according to a White House statement about the meeting.
“The United States has consistently supported the open system that is essential to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, universal suffrage, and the aspiration of the Hong Kong people,” the statement reads.
US State Department issues travel warning for Libya, recommending US citizens leave country immediately due to security concerns – @StateDept
Since Moammar Gadhafi’s fall, Libya has been torn among multiple, rival, heavily armed militias affiliated to regions, cities and tribes, while the central government has been weak, unable to bring its authority over the country, inheriting Gadhafi-era military and police forces in disarray. Furthermore, militias have lined up on rival sides of a political struggle between Islamist politicians and their opponents.
People demonstrate together with a soldier in support of Khalifa Haftar’s “Operation Dignity,” a campaign against Islamists, at Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli May 23, 2014
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW/WASHINGTON – April 11 – President Vladimir Putin has said he was surprised at Washington’s reaction to his letter to European states regarding Ukraine’s gas debt.
The US State Department earlier said Moscow should not politicize its gas deals with Kiev.
“It’s strange, in any case, because it’s bad to read someone else’s letters,” Itar-Tass quoted Putin as saying at a meeting of the Russian Security Council on Friday.
“It was not addressed to them, but to gas consumers in Europe. Everyone got used to the fact that our American friends secretly listen to conversations, but it is even worse to watch furtively.
” Speaking seriously, he added, the price for Russian gas supplies was determined in official contracts in 2009.