Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2019

China ‘supports’ suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

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China calls the suspension of the extradition bill an attempt to ‘listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible’

Published 7:09 PM, June 15, 2019

Updated 7:09 PM, June 15, 2019

HONG KONG. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

HONG KONG. Protesters gesture as they chant “no extradition” as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

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SHANGHAI, China – China’s government said on Saturday, June 15, it supported the decision of Hong Kong’s leader to suspend an unpopular bill that would allow extraditions to China and which sparked a week of protests.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman called the decision, announced hours earlier by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, an attempt to “listen more widely to the views of the community and restore calm to the community as soon as possible.” (READ: High points of Hong Kong’s huge protests)

“We support, respect and understand this decision,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement. – Rappler.com

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