China slams US over legislation on Hong Kong autonomy

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China has condemned a proposed US legislation for the annual certification of Hong Kong’s autonomy, describing it as “crude interference”

US lawmakers on Thursday introduced the purported Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would require the US secretary of state to issue an annual certification of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The development comes shortly after days of unrest in Hong Kong over an extradition bill.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the introduction of the bill “irresponsible carping and crude interference.”

Speaking at a regular media briefing in Beijing, Geng urged the US “to give up its delusions of creating chaos in Hong Kong, stop pushing the proposed bill, and stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs.”

Under the proposed bill introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, Hong Kong risks losing certain trade-related privileges with the US that are not enjoyed by mainland China.

 




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