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.
The US Senate passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on Tuesday in support of protesters. A separate bill banning the export of certain munitions to the Hong Kong police was also passed. https://t.co/ZQq6mUJqmW
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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.
#HongKong we hear you.
We continue to stand with you.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 19, 2019