China calls U.S. Senate act for Hong Kong protesters an interference

A protester holds an American flag during a demonstration in the financial district in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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UPDATED 9:13 AM PT — Wednesday, November 20, 2019

China has strongly condemned the U.S. Senate’s legislation supporting human rights for Hong Kong protesters. In a statement Wednesday, Beijing’s foreign ministry stated China “resolutely opposes” the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The Chinese ministry called it a blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.

Beijing officials went on to stress that Hong Kong is under Chinese rule and that U.S. lawmakers have no right to “violate international law and the basic norms governing international relations.” Meanwhile, Chinese analysts have stated the legislation will worsen the chaos in Hong Kong.

“The U.S. has been bolstering the violent rioters in the city. The bill will encourage the extremists and violent radicals to commit further acts plaguing Hong Kong, which is by no means conducive to resolving the Hong Kong issue.”

— Jia Qingguo, dean – School of International Studies, Peking University

The Senate unanimously passed the measure Tuesday in an effort to crack down on the violent tactics used by security forces against pro-democracy protesters.

Riot police pass as workers clear the road in front of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. A small group of protesters refused to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the remnants of hundreds who took over the campus for several days. They won’t leave because they would face arrest. Police have set up a cordon around the area to prevent anyone from escaping. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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