Hong Kong has spent billions on buying weapons from Britain
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
Danny Lee and Austin Chiu of South China Morning Post in London
The British government’s role in licensing the sale of arms to Hong Kong that could be used for “internal repression” has come under scrutiny.
John Stanley, chairman of the Committee on Arms Export Controls, has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable, asking him to clarify if “Made in the UK” tear gas canisters were used against pro-democracy protesters.
The letter, dated October 21, also contains a list of approved British export licences of lethal weapons to Hong Kong since 2012. Grenade launchers, mortar bombs, sniper rifles, machine guns and gun silencers are among the weapons, according to the committee’s analysis.