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China rejects U.S. criticism over Hong Kong's handling of Snowden case


14:47, July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism over Hong Kong government's handling of the case involving former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, saying it was in accordance with law.

Speaking at a joint press conference at end of the two-day fifth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said China has always respected Hong Kong's handling of legal matters in accordance with law, including the case of Snowden, who left the city for Russia on June 23 after exposing the U.S. massive phone and Internet surveillance and spying operations on other countries including China.

"The Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) government has handled the Snowden case in accordance with law, and its approach is beyond reproach. Others should respect this," Yang said.

He was responding to the remarks made by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who said the U.S. government is "very disappointed with how the authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong handled the Snowden case."

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