Washington – The United States is deeply concerned about Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border, a US State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday, while warning that continued erosion of the territory's autonomy put at risk its special status in international affairs.
The official reiterated a US call for all sides to refrain from violence and said it was important for the Hong Kong government to respect "freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly".
"The United States is deeply concerned by reports of Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border," the spokesperson said.
"The United States strongly urges Beijing to adhere to its commitments… to allow Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of autonomy.
"We condemn violence and urge all sides to exercise restraint, but remain staunch in our support for freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly in Hong Kong," the spokesperson said.