China urged the United States on Monday to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and said it firmly supports the principle of one country, two systems.
United States should not underestimate China’s determination to protect the stability of Hong Kong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in fresh clashes with protesters on Monday as a general strike triggered chaos in the city, crippling transport and causing unprecedented cold for much of the day.
With the resumption of some train and bus services, tens of thousands of demonstrators have spread across several provinces and protests have again turned into clashes with riot police.
China’s Asian-dominated financial center has been in months of protests over a proposed bill that would allow people to be tried in China and developed into a broader backlash against the government.
Authorities said 420 people had been arrested because of the protests since June 9, while police fired 1,000 rounds of teargas and about 160 rubber bullets.