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China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: report

Protesters attend a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex on August 31, 2014Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of “highly inappropriate” interference in its affairs, the BBC reports. The broadcaster said it had seen a letter from China’s Foreign Affairs Committee to its British counterpart condemning the probe into the state of democracy since Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese control in 1997. Critics have called the restrictive framework a betrayal of Beijing’s promise to award Hong Kong universal suffrage by 2017. The letter from the foreign affairs committee said the British probe, announced in July, would be a “highly inappropriate act which constitutes interference in China’s internal affairs”.

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