Trudeau urges China to be careful in responding to HK protests

August 13, 2019 10:36
China must be 'very careful and very respectful' in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said he was very worried about events in Hong Kong, which has a large Canadian population, and urged Chinese authorities to handle the protests there with tact, Reuters reports.

“We are extremely concerned about the situation in Hong Kong. We see the need for de-escalation of tensions, we need to see the local authorities listening to the very serious concerns brought forward by Chinese citizens,” the Canadian leader said.

“We are calling for peace, for order, for dialogue ... we certainly call on China to be very careful and very respectful in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong,” Trudeau was quoted as saying at a news conference in Toronto.

His comments were the most expansive yet by a senior Canadian official about anti-government protests that have swept Hong Kong over the past two months, Reuters noted.

China said on Monday that the Hong Kong demonstrations had begun to show “sprouts of terrorism”.

Trudeau also said Ottawa was focused on the need to protect Canada’s interests in Hong Kong, which is home to around 300,000 Canadian citizens.

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