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US steps up interference in China amid Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

The United States has stepped up its interference in China’s internal affairs, saying Washington “supports the aspirations of the Hong Kong people” amid continuing pro-democracy protests in the Chinese territory.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday Washington backs “universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people.”

Earnest said the legitimacy of Hong Kong’s chief executive will be greatly enhanced if he is elected by universal suffrage according to the Basic Law.

“We have consistently made our position known to Beijing, and will continue to do so,” he said. China has warned against foreign meddling in the demonstrations.

His comments came as thousands of protesters rallied for a fourth night in Hong Kong demanding open nominations for candidates for the 2017 elections. That is against a China-backed framework that only allows candidates approved by Beijing.

Organizers of the protests have said that as many as 80,000 protesters have thronged the streets in the capitalist hub of more than 7 million people since Friday.

The rallies have reportedly received support from some foreign countries, including the United States and Britain.

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong is purely our internal affair.”

“We are resolutely opposed to any foreign country using any method to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” she added.

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