China summons US ambassador to protest US support for Hong Kong protests[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/11/28 10:22 • 34 times read[/rtl]
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the US ambassador to Beijing to protest a law supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, calling on Washington to refrain from enforcing it "to avoid further damage" to relations between the two countries.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Yusheng told US Ambassador Terry Branstad of Beijing's "strong" protest after US President Donald Trump passed the law, the ministry said in a statement.
The bill comes at a time when the world's two largest economic powers are negotiating a partial deal to ease their trade war.
"Li stressed that China strongly urges the US side to correct its mistakes and change course," the ministry said in the statement.
He also called on the United States to "refrain from the application of law and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs, to avoid further damage to Sino-US relations and bilateral cooperation in important areas."
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act forces the US president to review the city's preferential trade status annually and threatens to abolish it if freedoms in the semi-autonomous region are restricted.
Trump also signed a law banning the sale of liquefied gas, rubber bullets and other equipment used by Hong Kong security forces to suppress demonstrators. is over