CHINA WARNS AGAINST 'MEDDLING' AS US HOUSE PASSES BILL BACKING HONG KONG PROTESTERS




Selin ATAY-TDO-China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing resolutely opposed new measures passed by the US House of Representatives related to the Hong Kong protests and urged lawmakers to stop interfering.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on China, three related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and one commending Canada in its dispute over the extradition of a Chinese telecom executive.

The bill passed by the House of Representatives - which was introduced in June as Hong Kong's protests took hold - says Hong Kong enjoys "unique treatment under US law".

 

After the bill was passed, Beijing called for Washington to “stop meddling” and warned China would take “strong measures” to counter the proposed Hong Kong bill.

"We express our strong indignation and firm opposition to the US House of Representatives' insistence on passing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act," said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. China's relationship with the United States would be damaged should the bill become law, the spokesman added.

“China must take effective measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty, security, and development interests,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement. 

The Senate has not yet scheduled votes on the legislation, which would send the measures to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto. 

Hong Kong's protests started in June against a proposed law to allow extradition to mainland China but it has since transformed into a larger pro-democracy movement. The protests have also seen increasingly violent clashes, with police being attacked, and officers firing live bullets.