Interview: Restoring social stability crucial to Hong Kong's future, Georgia's former envoy to China says

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 16:32

TBILISI, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Protests in any form should be peaceful, by no means through radical actions and disruption of normal life, David Aptsiauri, former Georgian ambassador to China, has said. 
   "We think that any protest should be expressed in peaceful ways through dialogue, readiness for consensus solutions and not by means of radical actions and disruption of normal life of the community," Aptsiauri, also general director of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Xinhua recently. 
   Aptsiauri stressed that social stability is vitally important for further economic development and improvement of living standards in Hong Kong. 
   Hong Kong's closer cooperation with the Chinese mainland "means increasing new job opportunities and growth of trade and tourism," Aptsiauri said, calling on the people in Hong Kong to cherish and maintain peace and stability. 
   Aptsiauri recalled he had visited Hong Kong several times as the former ambassador to China and was impressed by the progress the city made after its reunification with the Chinese mainland. 
   "I would like to reiterate that Georgia firmly supports the 'one country, two systems' principle," he said. 
   Hong Kong has since June suffered from prolonged and escalating violence that originated from demonstrations over proposed ordinance amendments concerning fugitive offenders. 
   The Hong Kong police said the level of aggression by demonstrators has been the highest in decades.

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