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Hong Kong protests

Beijing blames US for spreading anti-China sentiment in Hong Kong

Official says Washington aims to 'sow trouble' and slow China's development

A protester carries an American flag during a march at Mongkok, Hong Kong, on Aug. 3.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China attempted to reshape the dialogue on what it calls the "Hong Kong situation," saying on Wednesday that foreign powers were behind the ongoing violent protests in the city.

Song Ruan, deputy commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, told foreign media that the U.S. and other Western countries were playing a "negative and disgraceful role" in the demonstrations that have gripped Hong Kong for more than three months. He said some foreign politicians "have sided with anti-China forces" in order to "sow trouble in China as a whole, and hold back China's development in every possible way."

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