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Governor of Bank of England declines dinner with Chinese officials

2019-08-19T10:53:26.081Z

Governor of Bank of England declines dinner with Chinese officials


London (AFP)

The Bank of England governor (BoE) has canceled its participation in a dinner organized by the City of London with Chinese officials, was learned Monday from sources close to the case in full protest movement in Hong Kong .

Mark Carney was scheduled to attend an event with Chinese officials on September 3 at Guildhall, the headquarters of the City of London Corporation, the political heart of the influential London business district.

The event includes talks between Chinese officials and finance executives in London, as well as a dinner to be attended by the city's chief policy officer, Catherine McGuinness, and China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming.

The governor of the BoE was to join this dinner promoting business relations between London and China. But because of "an agenda problem", Mr. Carney will not participate, told AFP sources close to the case.

One of these sources indicated that the BoE was considering sending another of its leaders to the event.

The case comes in full mobilization for democracy in Hong Kong, where hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday to show the continued popularity of their movement despite the violence and threats of intervention of Beijing.

The semi-autonomous, formerly British colony, which has been a center of global finance, has been going through its deepest crisis since the beginning of June since its return to China in 1997. Demonstrations and almost daily actions are organized to demand especially universal suffrage.

The City of London Corporation and the Bank of England did not wish to comment on AFP.

City official Labor Richard Crossan, however, ruled that the London institution should "use this event to remind China of its responsibilities in terms of human rights, democracy and freedom of expression in Hong Kong ", in a statement to the London daily newspaper City AM business community.

China's central government has issued increasingly scathing warnings against protesters and threatened to intervene in the territory.

"If the situation continues to deteriorate and the troubles become uncontrollable by the (Hong Kong) government, then the central government will not sit idly by," Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to London, warned on August 15. must participate in the dinner of the City.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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