China warns US of ‘countermeasures’ after Trump signs Hong Kong bill backing protesters
China accuses US of “sinister intentions”
Trump signs bills in support of protesters in Hong Kong
China’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the United States has «sinister intentions», wherein «conspiracy» «doomed to fail». This happened after President Donald Trump signed two bills in support of protesters in Hong Kong.
State media also released a statement from the Hong Kong ministry of public relations highlighting its commitment to protecting its policies. «one country, two systems».
«We formally declare to the United States and a handful of opposition politicians in Hong Kong who are following America’s lead – do not underestimate our determination to defend Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, do not underestimate our belief in one country and two systems, and do not underestimate our capabilities and strategies to protecting the sovereignty, security, growth and rights of our country», – follows from the text of the statement.
Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous territory that operates on the principle «one country, two systems» – a structure that grants the citizens of the city a certain degree of financial and legal independence from the mainland.
In a statement released by the White House, Trump said: «I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China and the people of Hong Kong. They are adopted in the hope that the leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong can peacefully resolve their differences, leading to long-term peace and prosperity for all.».
Beijing’s statements came just hours after Trump signed into law the 2019 Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The bill requires the State Department to confirm once a year that Hong Kong is autonomous enough to maintain its special trade agreement with the United States – a status that helps its economy. He also signed another bill banning the sale of ammunition such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the Hong Kong Police.
«This so-called bill will only make the Chinese, including our compatriots in Hong Kong, better understand the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the United States. This will only make the Chinese people more united, and the American conspiracy is doomed to fail.», – said in a message from the Chinese Foreign Ministry released on Thursday.
The ministry emphasized that Hong Kong is part of China due to politics «one country, two systems», and that the problems of the region with a special administrative regime are internal affairs. It also says: «Hong Kong residents enjoy unprecedented levels of democracy».
«The US creates a false reality by confusing right and wrong by publicly supporting crazy aggressive criminals to commit vandalism, violence against innocent citizens and disruption of the peace of the city», – said at the Foreign Office.
Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to the Chinese protectorate in 1997, has been engulfed in anti-government protests for months. Originally initiated by a bill that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong citizens to mainland China, the protests have evolved into broader anti-government demonstrations, including broader demands such as increased democracy and universal suffrage..
Hong Kong government «expressed strong protest» the adoption of bills that became laws, and declared that it «deeply regrets that the United States has repeatedly ignored Hong Kong’s concerns about these two bills».
«These two bills are obvious interference in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, they are unnecessary and unreasonable, they will also harm the relations and interests of Hong Kong and the United States.», – Hong Kong government said in a statement.
«We do not advise the United States to act arbitrarily, otherwise China will have to resolutely oppose this. US must be prepared for the consequences», – Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.