Beijing fired back, furious at President Trump for signing of bill on Hong Kong human rights, reported Breibart.
Just a few hours after the bill became law, China’s ministry of foreign affairs made a statement, calling it “pure interference in China’s internal affairs.” The announcement further read, “This bill, which has been denounced by all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, is full of prejudice and arrogance. It treats Hong Kong with intimidation and threats. Such an act will make Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, understand the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the U.S.”
The Chinese state media also echoed the ministry’s statement claiming, “The U.S. plot is doomed to fail.”
Beijing summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing, for the second time this week—warning about the move and threatening a “stern response.”
President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Nov. 27, signed the legislation, stating, “I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said. “They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”
Geng Shuang, spokesman for the ministry promised it would retaliate with “firm countermeasures” but did not give more details, according to The New York Times.
Carrie Lam’s administration expressed opposition as well, saying it “strongly opposes and regrets” the laws and claimed “Democracy is alive and well” there, by citing the recent elections with overwhelming victory to the pro-Democracy candidates, said BBC.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong protesters and activists applauded the bills seeing it as a warning to Beijing and pro-Beijing allies in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said Trump signing a U.S. law backing their protests was a sign for other countries to “stand with Hong Kong,” reported Sky News.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says Trump signing a US law backing their protests was a sign for other countries to ‘stand with Hong Kong’.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 28, 2019
The newly signed law allows U.S. officials to impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who are accused of committing human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
It would also require the State Department provide an annual report to lawmakers on whether Hong Kong remains “sufficiently autonomous” from China.
The other bill a second bill passed by Congress, banning the export to the Hong Kong police of crowd-control munitions, such as teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and stun guns.
President Trump has tried to balance the support to Hong Kong protests and the trade deal the United States has been negotiating with Beijing.
“I stand with Hong Kong. I stand with freedom. I stand with all of the things that we want to do,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” last week.
And he finally signed the two bills on Wednesday, Nov. 27, a move that has gained full bipartisan endorsement.