CHINA: U.S. BILL ON HONG KONG WOULD UNDERMINE COOPERATION




Selin ATAY-TDO-China has warned that the implementation of US bills on Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which passed through both wings of Congress and was signed by President Donald Trump, will undermine cooperation between the two countries in key areas.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at a press briefing in response to a question about whether President Donald Trump’s signing of the legislation will impact ongoing trade talks.Regarding unspecified countermeasures that China has threatened over the bills, Geng said: “What ought to come will come sooner or later.”

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying says U.S. legislation supporting the protest movement in the Chinese territory is targeted at containing China’s growth.Leung says proponents of the bills didn’t have Hong Kong’s human rights and democracy in mind. He describes the U.S. legislation as a “proxy” to curtail Beijing’s growth.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad that the move constituted “serious interference in China’s internal affairs and a serious violation of international law,” a foreign ministry statement said.Le called it a “nakedly hegemonic act.” He urged the U.S. not to implement the bills to prevent greater damage to U.S.-China relations, the ministry said.

The bills mandate sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses in Hong Kong, require an annual review of Hong Kong’s favorable trade status, prohibit the export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal munitions and It calls for the establishment of a special trading relationship between Hong Kong and the United States.


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