China's Premier, Li Keqiang this month reiterated that Beijing would firmly oppose any moves towards independence in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
“We will resolutely oppose and contain separatist activities for Taiwan independence,” Mr Li was quoted by Today Online as saying in a speech at the annual session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC).
“We will never tolerate any activity, in any form or name, which attempts to separate Taiwan from the motherland,” he added.
Asked about the issue of Hong Kong independence, Mr Li was quick to dismiss it outright, stating, “the notion of Hong Kong independence will lead nowhere."
The "one country, two systems" principle "would not be bent or distorted" he reportedly added, reiterating Beijing's 'One China' principle.