Foreign secretary’s hopes for a ‘fully democratic’ government are met with statement that ‘outsiders should not make incorrect remarks’

China criticised the “incorrect” views of the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, as a war of words broke out between London and Beijing on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.

Johnson released on Thursday what had seemed a relatively restrained statement marking the anniversary of the former British colony’s transfer back to China on 1 July 1997.

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