China firmly opposed the US embassy in China accusing it of interfering in China's internal affairs after making irresponsible remarks and urged the US to immediately stop using Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) issues to meddle in China's domestic affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday.
The US embassy in China called on Chinese authorities to immediately release 12 suspects from Hong Kong and permit them to depart the country, according to a statement released on Monday.
On the morning of August 23, the Guangdong Coast Guard intercepted a boat in the waters under its jurisdiction. Aboard the vessel were 12 Hong Kong residents who were detained for unlawfully crossing the border.
The Yantian District People's Procuratorate in south China's Shenzhen City has announced that suspects have been prosecuted in accordance with the law for the crime of illegally crossing the border and organizing the same.
China urged the US to abide by international law and relations, and immediately stop interfering in China's internal affairs and HKASR's judicial sovereignty.