US warned against meddling in Hong Kong The central government has warned Washington to stop meddling in China's internal affairs. The warning was in response to US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli's call for constitutional reforms following the 100,000-strong New Year's Day march in Hong Kong. Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said: 'China firmly opposes any foreign government interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, in any form.' Xinhua Unemployment tops priorities in poll More than 60 per cent of respondents to a survey said reducing unemployment in Hong Kong would be their top priority if they were the chief executive, while almost 30 per cent said they would launch a review of constitutional reform. The survey of 502 people aged 18 to 39, carried out by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, found 60.7 per cent of respondents had little confidence that the government would improve its performance in the next 12 months. 4pc sales tax urged to ease budget deficit Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen has been urged to impose a goods and services tax to ease the budget deficit and address 'weakness' in the taxation system. The Business and Professionals' Federation of Hong Kong proposed a 4 per cent sales tax be added to all goods and services, with exemptions for food and rent and for tourists. It also recommended the abolition of estate duty and called for further reductions in government spending. Robbers lose appeal in mainland court Six Hong Kong men convicted of an armed robbery in Causeway Bay last year lost their appeal against their sentences in a mainland court. The group, arrested on the mainland, had been given sentences ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment. They were convicted of attacking two men in Percival Street and stealing diamonds worth US$314,502 last January.