China vows to retaliate if US continues meddling in Hong Kongby News Desk
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the U.S.’ current meddling in Hong Kong, as Beijing demanded that Washington end their hostile policies and refrain from stirring tensions.
In the statement released on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said they would take “every necessary measure” to stop the U.S. from meddling in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The spokesperson for Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, argued that Washington had “no right to criticism and interfere” in how Beijing regulates its semi-autonomous territory.
“What laws, how, and when Hong Kong SAR [Special Administrative Region] should legislate are entirely within the scope of China’s sovereignty. If the US insists on hurting China’s interests, China will have to take every necessary measure to counter and oppose this”, Zhao Lijian stated.
US Interference in Hong Kong Affairs
While Hong Kong does have its own legal system, Beijing has a say in the laws that are applied there. Namely, the Chinese government recently introduced a bill that is yet to be voted on that would make treason and sedition laws stricter, banning activities that could potentially subvert the government or “split the country”.
The move was criticised by US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who threatened that Washington would strip the island of its preferential trading status if Beijing doesn’t backtrack on the bill. O’Brien argued that by introducing the new law, Beijing was violating its own promise to grant the island significant autonomy.
The new piece of legislation came after Hong Kong was rocked by a series of public protests back in 2019. The protesters demanded the withdrawal of another bill that would have legitimised extraditions to mainland China, but continued their riots even after it was scrapped. The demonstrations often turned violent, resulting in numerous acts of vandalism and injuries to local police officers.