Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

© Provided by The Associated Press House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, with Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and other members of Congress during a news conference on human right in Hong Kong on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

"I, therefore, urge the U.S. Congress to stand by Hong Kong, and most of all, to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights Democracy Act".

USA lawmakers will move next week to begin passing legislation combating human rights abuses in Hong Kong, an action meant to send long-term support to democracy activists there.

The draft law, introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in June, if passed, will punish any Hong Kong or Chinese officials in the city who attempt to suppress democracy.

After months of protests, activists in Hong Kong succeeded in forcing the withdrawal of an extradition bill widely seen as an incursion by the mainland Chinese government.

Geng said Hong Kong is an internal Chinese issue and that China accepts no interference in its internal affairs.

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (L) and Denise Ho, attend a Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing to examine developments in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Yet, from a human-rights perspective, Trump's statement serves as a strong caution to Beijing and compels the regime to exercise restraint towards the protestors.

Lam had announced earlier that the government would create a platform for dialogue in a bid to end the protests demanding democracy that have riven Hong Kong all summer with no resolution in sight.

"We will continue our uphill battle until the day we enjoy freedom and democracy", Wong said.

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He also called on the USA to desist from supporting any moves to undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

USA support of legislation that protects the rights of Hong Kongers will have a worldwide impact.

"As I speak, Hong Kong is standing at a critical juncture". US presidents can modify the act if Hong Kong becomes less autonomous, leveraging pressure on China.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under the "one country, two systems" formula that promised the city a higher degree of freedom and autonomy than on the mainland.

Under U.S. law, the territory of Hong Kong receives special treatment in matters of trade, customs, sanctions enforcement, law enforcement cooperation and more.

The legislation has now not advance up for a vote, nevertheless the Senate International Relatives and Dwelling International Affairs committees are both maintaining hearings this week expected to contend with family people with China on components including Hong Kong.

But another bill supplied in the Dwelling remaining week with enhance from Republicans and Democrats, the "PROTECT Hong Kong Act", would bar commercial exports of some crowd-preserve watch over devices to the Hong Kong police drive.

China has attacked the legislation as unacceptable interference in its domestic affairs. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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