UK-China tensions explode as Beijing accuses protesters of ‘ASSAULTING’ London embassy

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Beijing’s diplomatic mission in the UK has urged British authorities to take action against the demonstrators. The Chinese embassy in London issued a statement condemning the people who burned their national flag and “assaulted the Embassy building”.

UK-China tensions explode as Beijing accuses protesters of ‘ASSAULTING’ London embassy

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In the statement, the China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming said:

“In blatant, flagrant and abominable acts of vandalizing and insult in front of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, a dozen ‘Hong Kong independence’ rioters set fire to the national flag of China, assaulted the main gate of the Embassy building and put up ‘Hong Kong independence’ slogans on the gate.”

He expressed “strong indignation and condemnation” against the “despicable acts” that took place on Thursday.

But the British Government argued that people in the UK have the right to demonstrate their views.

A Government spokesman said: “People in the UK have the right to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law.

Liu Xiaoming at Chinese Embassy in UK

China’s embassy in the UK has urged British authorities to take action against the protestors (Image: getty)

Liu Xiaoming in London

Liu Xiaoming issued a statement condemning the people who “assaulted the Embassy building” (Image: getty)

“The UK takes its obligation to protect diplomatic buildings and personnel seriously.”

The protestors reportedly trampled on and burned several Chinese flags while others threw liquid on the Embassy’s gate and attached anti-Beijing posters.

The demonstrators also allegedly kicked and beat the gate with wooden sticks.

The group chanted the slogans “Hong Kong independence, the only way” and “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times” as well as singing Glory to Hong Kong, the anthems of last year’s Hong Kong protests.

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