Central government 'supports and understands' Hong Kong's decision on fugitive bill
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday responded to a question about remarks by the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on the HKSAR fugitive bill.
Geng Shuang, the ministry's spokesman, referred to the central government's statement on June 15 that it supports, understands and respects the decision made by authorities in the region.
"I have nothing further to add," Geng told the reporters at a regular news conference.
Earlier on Tuesday, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam announced that work on the bill was "dead."
"The tension, confrontations and anger of Hong Kong citizens come completely from the government proposing the fugitive bill," she told reporters.
"I see the discontent among citizens and that reflects a deep problem in our society. The government will not ignore the problem but face it. We hope to put aside disputes and together find a way out for Hong Kong."