China tells US not to meddle in Hong Kong
China's foreign minister has warned the United States and other foreign countries not to meddle in China's "internal affairs", as the communist state continues to grapple with the escalating protests in Hong Kong, Al Arabia reported.
Wang Yi issued the statement on Wednesday, shortly before meeting US President Barack Obama who told him in a White House meeting that the US was watching the Hong Kong protests closely.
As protesters continue to occupy Hong Kong's business district on Thursday morning, Wang first met his US counterpart John Kerry in Washington before heading to the White House.
Wang told Kerry that "all countries should respect China's sovereignty and this is a basic principle of governing international relations."
"I believe for any country, for any society, no one would allow those illegal acts that violate public order. That's the situation in the United States and that's the same situation in Hong Kong."
Kerry repeated US calls for Chinese authorities to show restraint toward the mass protests challenging the communist government.
Later at the White House, Wang met with Obama and his National Security Adviser Susan Rice, mainly to discuss Obama's visit to China in November, but the meeting was overshadowed by events in Hong Kong.
In a statement, the White House said; "The United States has consistently supported the open system that is essential to Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, universal suffrage, and the aspirations of the Hong Kong people."