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Beijing lashes US lawmakers' Nobel nominations

By ZHANG YUNBI in Beijing and ZHAO HUANXIN in Washington | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-02-02 18:24

Beijing has urged for a stop in interference in China's domestic affairs after 12 US lawmakers nominated three leaders of the illegal "Occupy Central" movement for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Office told China Daily in a written reply Friday that Hong Kong affairs belong to China's domestic affairs and Beijing "opposes interference of any form by any individual".

A letter of nomination, signed by four US Democrats and eight Republicans, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio, was sent to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Reuters reported Thursday.

The lawmakers announced Thursday that they had nominated Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of "Occupy Central" in 2014, and two of his allies for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wong has been known for illegal assembly over leading the storming of the Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, a prelude to the 79-day "Occupy" blockade, and thus chaos, in several busy streets and other public spaces.

China urges the US congressmen involved to stop meddling in Hong Kong's internal affairs, cease interfering in China's domestic affairs, and do more to facilitate the development of China-US ties, not the opposite, the spokesperson’s office said.

"Occupy Central" is an utterly illegal activity, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, with resolute support by the central government, has tackled it in accordance with laws, the office said.

The rule of law and social order in Hong Kong have thus been championed, and leading participants of the illegal "Occupy Central", including Joshua Wong, have been brought to justice in accordance with laws, the office said.

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