Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Zeguang summoned Terry Branstead, the US ambassador to Beijing, on Monday to protest the adoption by both houses of the US Congress of a bill on democracy and human rights in Hong Kong. This is stated in the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
“Through this bill, the United States openly intervenes in the internal affairs of China, ignores the facts, gives out black and white, and condones acts of violence and crimes of force that oppose China and contribute to the spread of chaos in Hong Kong,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement. “This is a serious violation of international law and the basic principles of international relations. China expresses strong outrage and strong protest in this regard,” Zhang said.
In an interview with the US ambassador, he noted that Beijing is urging Washington to “immediately rectify mistakes, prevent the entry into force of this bill, stop acting and make statements that will interfere in the affairs of Hong Kong and China.” “Otherwise, all responsibility for the consequences will fall on the American side,” the deputy minister summed up.
The House of Representatives of the US Congress on Wednesday approved the so-called Hong Kong Democracy and Human Rights Bill, requiring the US administration to regularly report to lawmakers on the situation in this special administrative region of the PRC and providing for the possibility of imposing sanctions on people who, according to Washington, are responsibility for violation of human rights there. 417 congressmen supported the initiative, one voted against. On Tuesday, the same bill was already approved by the US Senate. Now the document will be signed by the president, who can veto it.
In early summer, mass protests broke out in Hong Kong against the authorities ’intention to pass an extradition bill that would allow extradition of offenders to mainland China. Despite the withdrawal of the document, youth opposition supporters express their readiness to continue anti-government protests. They are accompanied by violence, blocking roads, arson and acts of vandalism.
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