China has cautioned the UK not to “meddle in its local issues” in the midst of a developing discretionary column over the ongoing challenges in Hong Kong.

Its UK minister said relations had been “harmed” by remarks by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and others backing the demonstrators’ activities.

Liu Xiaoming said the individuals who illicitly involved Hong Kong’s parliament ought to be “censured as offenders”.

The envoy was later called to the Foreign Office over the comments.

A Foreign Office representative said Sir Simon McDonald, perpetual under secretary and leader of the conciliatory administration, told the envoy his remarks were “inadmissible and mistaken”.

Prior, Prime Minister Theresa May said she had raised worries with Chinese pioneers.

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