China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Agence France-Presse
The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by 
Philip Fong / AFP

BEIJING, China – China has summoned the US ambassador to demand that the United States scrap legislation backing Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, or “bear all the consequences,” the foreign ministry said Tuesday, Novembr 26. 

The Hong Kong bill awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature supports human rights and democracy in the city, while threatening to revoke the territory’s special economic status. 

A separate measure bans the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment used by the security forces to suppress pro-democracy protests. (READ: Hong Kong: 5 months of unrest)

Vice foreign minister Zheng Zeguang summoned US ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday, November 25, to voice a “strong protest” over the bill, the ministry said in a statement.

The legislation “brazenly interferes in China’s internal affairs” and “indulges and supports the violent criminal behavior by ‘anti-China disrupting Hong Kong forces,” the ministry said. 

Trump has not indicated whether he will sign the legislation into law, saying last week that while he stood with Hong Kong, he also stood with his “friend,” President Xi Jinping.

The foreign ministry urged the US to “immediately correct its mistakes, prevent the above-mentioned Hong Kong-related bill from becoming law, and stop any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.” 

“Otherwise, the US side must bear all the consequences,” it said. –