Hong Kong protest USA because of the law on sanctions against China
The Hong Kong government on Friday expressed its protest in connection with the adoption in the Senate of the Congress of the law on the introduction of sanctions against officials of the PRC relating to the new law on ensuring national security in the special administrative region, said in a statement on the government website.
"The government of the special administrative region of Hong Kong today (July 3) strongly opposed the adoption by Congress of the "Law of the autonomy of Hong Kong." We once again urge the U.S. Congress to immediately stop interfering in the internal Affairs of Hong Kong. The law and the so-called "sanctions" absolutely unacceptable. They will not stop us and will only harm relations and the overall interest of Hong Kong and the USA", - said in a statement.
It is noted that "some members of Congress argued that the adoption of this law was a response to the national security law in Hong Kong, it is absolutely wrong."
"National security is a matter within the competence of the Central authorities, and the national security act, adopted on 30 June 2020 standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives, is a national law which is in force on the relevant provisions of article 18 of the Basic law applies in Hong Kong", - stated in the document.
Previously, the newspaper USA Today reported that the U.S. Senate passed a bill on sanctions against China in connection with the adoption of a law on national security of Hong Kong. The bill now goes for signature to President Donald Trump, who can sign it or veto. On Wednesday, the U.S. house of representatives voted for the bill providing for the imposition of sanctions against the officials, companies and banks that are associated with the acceptance or performance of the act.
Chinese President XI Jinping signed a decree on the entry into force on 30 June of the law on the protection of national security of Hong Kong. Earlier, the standing Committee of vsekitajsky meeting of national representatives endorsed the law. PC NPC also decided to include the law in Annex III of the basic law of the Special administrative region of Hong Kong.
The bill on national security caused discontent of anti-government forces in Hong Kong and some Western officials who see it as a desire by Beijing to tighten control over the autonomy.