USA lawmakers urge Trump to sign HK bills

Пятница, 22 Ноя, 2019

"The problem faced by Hong Kong now is not that of the so-called "human rights and democracy", but to stop violence and restore order".

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the secretary of state to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy in order to retain special trade status under USA law, something which allows the city to thrive as a world financial hub.

The House passed similar bills last month by unanimous voice votes.

But Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are celebrating regardless.

But China had already threatened retaliation if the Bill is signed into law by President Donald Trump, and state-run media warned on Thursday the legislation would not prevent Beijing from intervening forcefully to stop the "mess" gripping the financial hub.

"If the Bill becomes law, investors will be hesitant to take on the risk", Mr Hao Hong, head of research at Bocom International, told Bloomberg News. Most U.S. -listed Chinese stocks also dropped.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson, in a November 20 press release, accused the United States of being "blinded" to the wellbeing of Hongkongers.

Wang condemned the bill as "naked interference in China's internal affairs", according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said that the comments were made during a meeting in Beijing with former USA secretary of defense William Cohen.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the strongest advocate for the act, said during the debate: "Today, the Congress is sending an unmistakable message to the world that the United States stands in solidarity with freedom-loving people of Hong Kong, and they - we fully support their fight for freedom".

"If the USA side obstinately clings to its course, the Chinese side will inevitably adopt forceful measures to take resolute revenge, and all consequences will be borne by the United States", it said in a front-page editorial.

The resistance has focused in the past several days on Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with fiery clashes on the campus that saw police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, who shot arrows and lobbed Molotov cocktails. The latter is a political advisory body. It bristles at foreign comments on matters that it considers its internal affairs. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"That (bills) could pose challenges to the trade deal. there might be some progress because both the countries will see there is some benefit to cooperation, but the quality and duration (of a deal) is uncertain", Sharma said.

The US Senate unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday supporting "human rights and democracy" in Hong Kong and threatening to revoke its special economic status, angering China which promptly summoned a US diplomat and threatened countermeasures.

Katalina Barreiro, vice president of Ecuador's Institute of Advanced National Studies, said Hong Kong is part of China and the passage of the bill is a gross interference in China's internal affairs. Earlier, Reuters had reported that completion of an interim trade deal was getting delayed and could slide into next year.

Some Chinese netizens were also supportive.

Gaskin said the bill's passing is a historical moment and a big step for protesters, though there's a long way to go for the demands.