China Angry US Senate passes bill backing Hong Kong protests
By Jude Chukwuemeka
A latest PressTV news says the United States Senate has unanimously passed legislation with the aim of protecting protesters in Hong Kong but this move has greatly angered China.
The bill known as the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act” passed after a voice vote on Tuesday. Hopefully, it will be sent to the House of Representatives, which itself approved its own version previously in the month of October. However, nothing solid can be done but for the bill to reach President Donald Trump for his consideration.
In the middle of these, China has stated that it is resolved not budge on opposing interference of “any” type in the internal affairs of Hong Kong by “some Western countries.”
Under the bill, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would need to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong maintains enough independence to be able to qualify for special US trading consideration which can improve its status as a world financial center.
Beijing condemned the new legislation, pledging strong counter-measures to protect its sovereignty and security. In addition to that, a Chinese envoy called on the the UK and the US to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.
“This act neglects facts and truth, applies double standards and blatantly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China’s other internal affairs. It is in serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations. China condemns and firmly opposes it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.
It is apparent that the anti-government demonstrators now want complete separation from mainland China. However, on Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed a second bill aiming to ban the export of certain munitions to Hong Kong police forces which they can use to control crowds such as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.