China's ambassador to Britain warned yesterday of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections.
Discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest level in years, over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next chief executive in 2017.
Pro-democracy group Occupy Central has vowed to take over the central business district if the government does not allow electoral reform, AFP reported.
"If unsatisfied, they threaten to 'Occupy Central' and bring the Hong Kong economy into chaos," Mr Liu Xiaoming wrote in a comment piece in the Financial Times published yesterday.
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