India keenly watches Hong Kong: S Jaishankar

India keenly watches Hong Kong: S Jaishankar

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday that India is watching the recent developments in Hong Kong with great attention.

"There are developments in Hong Kong. Given that we have investments, and our community there, we are watching it with great attention," he told reporters at a briefing to mark the External Affairs Ministry's 100 days under the second tenure of the Narendra Modi-led government.

Since June, Hong Kong has seen daily anti-government protests that began against a now-suspended extradition bill, which have since broadened to include calls for more democratic rights, police accountability and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is backed by Beijing.

In recent weeks, protesters and police have violently clashed with each other with both escalating their use of force, leading to a full-blown crisis in the Asian financial hub.

China has repeatedly slammed international interference in the Hong Kong protests and asserted that any issue related to the semi-autonomous city is Beijing's internal affair. China has also threatened to initiate a military intervention in the wake of the violent demonstrations in the former British colony.