Published: Fri, November 29, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong activists call for global support after USA laws

Hong Kong activists call for global support after USA laws

After Trump signed the act into law, China's foreign ministry issued a statement accusing the U.S. government of "disregarding facts and distorting truth" while meddling in Hong Kong in an attempt to disrupt the "great renewal" of the Chinese nation.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who co-sponsored the bill, said in a statement to ABC News that the signing "sends a clear signal to Beijing: the United States will not stand by and watch China break its treaty commitments and try to dominate all of Asia".

It is still unclear, however, how exactly China will respond.

President Donald Trump signed the two bills into law on Wednesday.

During an official visit to Thailand, city leader Carrie Lam said that Hong Kong is undergoing a hard period but that the fundamentals of the Asian financial center, including its strengths under the "one country, two systems" framework, remain strong. "It just encourages world leaders around the world and politicians (to be) aware that it's time for them to stand with Hong Kong".

Congress approved the bills last week following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Chinese officials fired off a flurry of angry statements Thursday, condemning the new law as an act of foreign intervention aimed at containing China's growth and "an epitome of gangster violence", in the words of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Commissioner's Office in Hong Kong.

The Chinese government has unswerving determination to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement "one country, two systems" principle and oppose any external force in interfering in Hong Kong affairs, he stressed. It also called the measures "extremely evil in nature and unsafe in motive". "We urge the USA not to continue going down the wrong path, or China will take countermeasures, and the U.S. must bear all consequences", it said.

The two countries are now locked in a trade war and have deep differences over China's claims to the South China Sea and Taiwan, human rights issues and accusations of Chinese industrial espionage.

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The law amends the 1992 U.S. -Hong Kong Policy Act to require annual reviews by the State Department of Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China, on which will now turn Hong Kong getting to keep its favorable trade status with the U.S. or having it be suspended.

Trump also signed the PROTECT Hong Kong Act, which bans the sale of United States crowd control weapons to Hong Kong. "It was passed almost unanimously in the House and the Senate, which means they would easily override a veto".

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"At the end of the day, both Beijing and Washington, and Hong Kong people, want to maintain the status quo regarding the customs territory", said Willy Lam, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Center for China Studies. But I'm also standing with President Xi. He's a friend of mine. He's an incredible guy ...

The thing you have to understand about American politics is that it is hard to unite them, the Democrats and Republicans together. If there was an antithesis to Antifa, it's the Hong Kong protesters.

It's unbelievable to realize the freedoms we're afforded as a constitutional republic are so coveted by those who are being oppressed.

Activists also hailed Mr Trump's action.

The protests were sparked by a proposed law that would permit Hong Kong residents to be extradited to China, where the courts are controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

"I hope that citizens of many different countries can in their own way fight for democracy".

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