HK castigates US for 'unwarranted' rights legislation

Local | 21 Nov 2019 12:47 pm

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the other Act on Hong Kong are unnecessary and unwarranted, the Hong Kong government said today, condemning the legislation that was overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday by US lawmakers.

The "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" and the other act on Hong Kong were unnecessary and unwarranted. They would also harm the relations and common interests between Hong Kong and the US,'' a government statement, said.

"The US has enormous economic interests in Hong Kong, including earning from Hong Kong the largest bilateral trade surplus amongst its global trading partners for the past decade, and the surplus stood at over US$33 billion last year. Any unilateral change of US economic and trade policy towards Hong Kong would create a negative impact on the relations between the two sides as well as the US' own interests. Furthermore, Hong Kong and the US have close co-operation on export control and law enforcement," a statement said.

The government said it hopes to continue to work with the US in maintaining a mutually beneficial co-operative relationship. 

"It hopes that the US Government would also have this objective in mind and handle the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the other act on Hong Kong prudently, avoiding making them into US law.''

Beijing also had earlier expressed strong condemnation and firm opposition yesterday. Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu summoned William Klein, acting charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, to lodge stern representations and strong protest against the U.S. Senate passing the bill.

On Tuesday night, US senators approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, sponsored by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, and the Protect Hong Kong Act, sponsored by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley.


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