China appeared in no mood to apologize for forcibly shutting down a press conference held by South Korean lawmakers in Beijing. The South Korean government has expressed its concerns over the issue and summoned the Chinese ambassador to present an explanation. However, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said officials had taken appropriate action to end the meeting and suggested that it was the South Korean MPs who should be the ones apologizing. Spokesman Kong Quan said the move was an appropriate legal measure and those staying in China must abide by its laws. He refused to answer questions asking specifically what Chinese law the South Koreans were discussing. The MPs were in China to highlight concerns over the position and treatment of North Korean refugees hiding in the country.
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