CHINA says it is refusing to allow demonstrations against the tabling of the partial bill on Hong Kong's electoral reforms. According to the latest issue of pro-China magazine The Mirror, Vice-Foreign Minister Jiang Enzhu indirectly confirmed at an internal meeting that a number of departments, social organisations and schools had asked for official permission to stage protests outside the British Embassy in Beijing and consulates elsewhere. ''This form of expression is not appropriate under the political situation of our country. But we cannot say [their action] is wrong,'' said Mr Jiang, the Chinese negotiator at Sino-British political talks on Hong Kong. The magazine said about 40 bodies, schools and groups in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing and Guangzhou had sought permission since early December to stage rallies and demonstrations against Britain. The organisers were critical of the British move to ''trample the Sino-British Joint Declaration'', it said. All requests were turned down by the authorities. China has prepared its attack on tabling of the partial bill in the Legislative Council last month. In addition to official statements issued through Xinhua (the New China News Agency) and other news agencies such as China News Service, remarks made by local Xinhua officials have often been carried in mainland newspapers. In an appeal to patriotism, Mr Jiang said the political row created by Britain had exposed its motive to extend its colonial rule. ''This [the exposure] is a good thing,'' he told a briefing of officials from all ministries, commissions and offices as well as the military. Mr Jiang claimed that the British democracy plan violated the agreements made by the two governments, adding that was ''rare in the international arena''. ''If one side has seriously violated [the agreement], continues to breach it and even fundamentally denies its existence, this demonstrates that the agreement is no longer binding on the other party,'' he said. China insists that the two governments agreed on the 1994/95 electoral arrangements in seven letters exchanged between their two foreign ministers. At a separate internal briefing, Vice-Premier Li Lanqing, whose portfolio includes trade, accused Britain of making waves to disrupt Hong Kong's economy in order to prolong its colonial rule. Citing the recent surge in the Hang Seng Index and the inflow of foreign capital, Mr Li said the impact of the political dispute was temporary, arguing that China's economic dynamism was the backbone for Hong Kong's continued economic success. The senior leader said the Chinese Government would fully take into account the interest, development and future plans of foreign investors on the mainland who had been ''sincere and co-operative'' towards China. ''The Chinese Government attaches importance to trust, morality and friendship,'' Mr Li said. The Mirror quoted sources as saying patriarch Deng Xiaoping had given an internal instruction on the political row to staff at the party's Secretariat and General Office in early December. Head of the party's General Office, Zeng Qinghong, cited a survey as saying that some respondents were unhappy that the stance of the central Government on the political row was ''too weak''. Mr Deng, however, reportedly said: ''We should not be surprised by the British move to create a political row to test our reaction . . . They will continue to do so in the remaining time [of their rule.]''