French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday called for easing the crisis in Hong Kong and underlined France's commitment to the advantages of the territory's autonomy status over the rest of China. "I call on all parties, in particular the Hong Kong authorities, to renew the dialogue to find a peaceful solution to this crisis and stop the escalation of violence," the minister said in a statement.
Paris committed to "respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms"
The minister also recalled that Paris is "deeply committed to the full respect" of the guarantees provided in terms of public freedoms by the status of autonomy of Hong Kong. "The Hong Kong Basic Law and the 'one country, two systems' principle guarantee the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the autonomy of the judiciary, which are essential to the rule of law. Hong Kong's population and economic prosperity, "said the minister.
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Beijing has raised its warnings after the incidents and tensions that continue to erupt in the Chinese territory, evoking acts "quasi-terrorists". This is the second time this week that China seeks to equate the demonstrations with "terrorism", with increasingly worrying warnings that fears military repression while the movement sometimes violent demonstrations, denouncing the decline in public freedoms and interferences of China, is in its 10th week.