May meets Xi Jinping as China suggests 'shelving' Hong Kong row
Xi Jinping has told Theresa May that China and Britain should “shelve their differences” as the UK quietly rejected Beijing’s attempt to backtrack from commitments to Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy.
The Chinese president and the British prime minister held a 30-minute bilateral meeting at the G20 in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, one week after a war of words broke out between London and Beijing over Hong Kong.
According to China’s official news agency, Xinhua, Xi told May that Britain and China should “respect each other’s core interests and major concerns” – of which Beijing considers the former British colony to be one.
“China and Britain need to seek common ground while shelving differences, and preserve the overall development of bilateral ties through concrete efforts to achieve more stable, rapid and sound development of bilateral relations,” Xi added.....
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