US Slammed by China for passing Hong Kong Democracy Act
China slammed the US for signing into law a Hong Kong-related bill that supports the pro-democracy movement in the city, calling it a severe interference in the country’s internal affair.
US President Donald Trump has signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 bill, which mandates Washington to annually check if the city has enough autonomy to justify its special status with the US.
The new law and Beijing’s repeated recent allegations that the US was among other western countries to support the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has developed into a new bilateral problem between the two countries, which are in the middle of an ongoing trade war.
According to a Chinese foreign ministry statement, the move is a severe interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs. It is also in serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations. The statement further reads that the Chinese government and the people firmly oppose such stark hegemonic acts.
It further stated that China urged the United States not to continue going down the wrong path, or China will take countermeasures and the US must bear all the consequences.
The statement comes after the Chinese foreign ministry summoned the US envoy, Terry Branstad to protest against the bill.
The statement also read, “We remind the US that Hong Kong is part of China and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs and no foreign government or force shall interfere.”
It also stated that this act will only further expose the malicious and hegemonic nature of the United States’ intentions to the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots. And the Chinese people will only stand in greater solidarity. The US attempts are bound to fail, the statement reads.