Chris Patten: China 'wrong' to try to silence Hong Kong activist

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Former British governor of Hong Kong defends foreign correspondents club after Beijing urged it to cancel speech

Former British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten has said it was “quite simply wrong” for Beijing to urge the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club to cancel a planned speech by an independence activist.

Patten’s comments came after China’s ministry of foreign affairs stepped in to request the decades-old press club pull the talk by Andy Chan of the Hong Kong National Party, a group threatened with a ban.

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