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HK journalists chided over Liu Xia questions

2018-07-10 HKT 17:46
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  • Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says there are many areas of the ministry’s work that Hong Kong reporters could be asking about. Photo: RTHK
    Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says there are many areas of the ministry’s work that Hong Kong reporters could be asking about. Photo: RTHK
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Tuesday rebuked Hong Kong journalists over their questions about the departure from China of Liu Xia, the wife of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

At an unusually well-attended daily briefing, many Hong Kong reporters and foreign media representatives sought details of Liu Xia's trip to Germany.

The series of questions seemed to irritate ministry spokesman Hua Chunying, who said that the Hong Kong media are particularly interested in just one person.

She said that there are many other areas of the ministry’s work that they could be asking about instead.

Hong Kong reporters are classified as non-local media by mainland authorities.

Hua told the briefing that Liu Xia left of her own accord for Germany to seek medical treatment and this was done in accordance with the law.

She also said this has nothing to do with Premier Li Keqiang’s current visit to Germany.

Mainland authorities had always maintained that Liu Xia was free to travel as she likes as a private citizen. But she was rarely seen in public after her husband's death last year and even her friends found it difficult to reach her. (Additional reporting by AFP)