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China urges world to respect its sovereignty over H.K. amid protests

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Wednesday on other countries to "respect China's sovereignty" over Hong Kong, dismissing U.S. calls for restraint in handling massive prodemocracy demonstrations there.

     Wang, ahead of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said, "Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs ....I believe for any country, for any society, no one will allow those illegal acts that violate public order."

     Kerry said, "As China knows, we support universal suffrage in Hong Kong" and believe that an "open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by rule of law is essential for Hong Kong's stability and prosperity."

     He added that Washington has "high hopes that the Hong Kong authorities will exercise restraint and respect for the protesters' right to express their views peacefully."

     Wang said, "We believe that the Hong Kong special administrative region's government has the capability to properly handle the current situation in accordance with the law."

     Kerry and Wang, meanwhile, expressed hope for building a new model of relations between the two countries by managing differences. Kerry said he welcomes a China that plays "a responsible role" in Asia and the world.

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