Published: Fri, November 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China says United States bills will undermine co-operation

China says United States bills will undermine co-operation

"Following last weekend's historic elections in Hong Kong that included record turnout, this new law could not be more timely in showing strong USA support for Hong Kongers' long-cherished freedoms", said Rubio. The past few days have witnessed some of the most violent scenes in Hong Kong since the beginning of the protests back in June.

"The forces in Hong Kong, I will call them bad forces in Hong Kong, want to force Beijing's hands", Leung said in a talk at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong.

Among other things, Hong Kong's special trading status means it is not affected by United States sanctions or tariffs placed on the mainland.

"It's a proxy thing. I'd like to see them work it out, OK?" "It's all about China", he said when asked at a panel session at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.

Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's former chief executive and vice chairman of Beijing's advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the USA legislators were not fully or correctly informed about the bills.

China on Thursday slammed the U.S. 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.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told Branstad on Thursday that the move constituted "serious interference in China's internal affairs and a serious violation of global law".

"The nature of this is extremely abominable, and harbours absolutely sinister intentions", the foreign ministry said in a statement, without specifying what measures Beijing might take.

The associate professor also argued that the swift passage of the bill through the Congress had more to do with "political grandstanding" and Trump was merely sticking to the norm to sign a bill that commanded bipartisan endorsement, and that Beijing's hefty backlash was also something of a routine protest.

"We urge the United States not to continue going down the wrong path, or China will take countermeasures, and the USA must bear all consequences", it said.

The ministry also made the claim "all the people of Hong Kong and China" oppose the new US law.

The legislation requires the conduct an annual review of Hong Kong's special trading status on the basis of whether the city still has sufficient autonomy.

Trump expressed concerns signing the bills into law might complicate his effort to reach a phase one trade deal with China.

They may opt to shed their investments in the U.S., like in the realty sector or park their money elsewhere to avoid risks, and Hong Kong's appeal to worldwide investors may also be dampened due to the uncertainties arising from the act, he added.

Several hundred people also gathered outside the Polytechnic University, which police entered after a almost two-week siege.

Pro-democracy parties picked up an overwhelming number of seats on Sunday in Hong Kong's district council elections. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, said it "finally sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of Hong Kong: We are with you".

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Trump's signing of the bills as a "hegemonic act".

"I think this adds to the atmosphere of confrontation and distrust between China and the U.S.", said the visiting scholar at the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University and co-editor of China-focused newsletter China Neican.

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