Beijing "resent" the US House resolution[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/10/16 9:49 • 32 times read[/rtl]
China on Wednesday expressed "strong dissatisfaction" after the US House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at defending civil liberties in Hong Kong.
"We strongly deplore and strongly oppose the US House of Representatives' insistence on passing a so-called Human Rights and Democracy Act in Hong Kong," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.
"We call on the United States (...) to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs."
The Chinese reaction came after the US House of Representatives passed a bill sought by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, aimed at defending civil rights in the former semi-autonomous British colony.
This text, which still needs to be passed in the Senate for ratification by President Donald Trump and takes effect, links Hong Kong's privileged economic situation in the United States to the human rights situation in the former British colony.
Under the draft, Hong Kong's special economic situation will be subject to an annual positive assessment by the US Department of State of respect for civil rights by the Hong Kong authorities.
It also provides for sanctions against any official who undermines “fundamental freedoms” in this semi-autonomous region.
Three months ago, Hong Kong has been shaken by increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations, and protesters denounce Beijing's growing hegemony over Hong Kong affairs and police actions.
Protests began in June against a bill allowing extradition to Beijing's central authorities. The draft was abandoned in early September, but in the meantime protesters raised the bar.
The city has special rights under a 1997 extradition agreement from Britain to China, including the right to freedom of expression and an independent judiciary, but many see them threatened by pressure from Beijing. is over