China's president threatens to "grind the bones" of those trying to divide his country[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/10/14 8:42 • 65 times read[/rtl]
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping threatened on Monday to "grind the bones" of those trying to split his country amid four months of protests against Beijing in Hong Kong.
The Chinese president warned that any attempt to divide the country could result in "breaking bodies and grinding bones into powder," according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement released on Sunday.
"Anyone who tries to separate any area from China will perish, their bodies will be smashed and their bones will be crushed into powder," Jinping said during the visit to Nepal last weekend.
"Any outside forces supporting the division of China can only be seen by the Chinese people as delusional," he said.
While the Chinese leader did not name any area by name, his comments came as riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday amid tension with the autonomous Taiwan.
Hong Kong has been shaken for four months by increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations. Protesters condemn Beijing's growing hegemony over Hong Kong's semi-autonomous domestic affairs and police actions.
The protest movement began in June against a bill allowing the handing over of convicts to central authorities in Beijing. The project was abandoned at the beginning of September, but in the meantime the protesters raised their demands.
The territory has special rights under an agreement to be handed over from Britain to China in 1997, including the right to expression and an independent judiciary. But many see these rights threatened by pressure from Beijing.
China has accused "outside powers" of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong, and there were fears China was sending troops to put an end to the unrest there.