Beijing condemns Pelosi's collusion with HK activists

Top News | Angel Kwan 20 Sep 2019

China's foreign affairs commissioner in Hong Kong condemned the "collusion" between a senior US politician and Hong Kong activists who met in Washington to call for legislation supporting human rights in the SAR.

The comments came after the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, held a news conference in the US Capitol with House members as well as Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Denise Ho Wan-see to show support for the Hong Kong Democracy and Human Rights Act.

"Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate enthusiastically support this legislation," Pelosi said. "We stand with all who are fighting for a peaceful, hopeful future."

A spokesman of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong expressed indignation and opposition to Pelosi's remarks and actions, saying she "flagrantly colluded" with Hong Kong activists and meddled with the SAR's affairs - which are China's internal affairs - in the name of supporting "freedom and justice."

He added: "They are at odds with the American politicians' claimed support for one country, two systems and have fully exposed their hidden political agenda."

He said the policies of one country, two systems and high autonomy have been faithfully implemented since Hong Kong's return to China 22 years ago and that the people of Hong Kong are enjoying "unprecedented democracy, rights and freedom under the law."

"At the same time, it has to be emphasized that no one has the right or freedom to carry out separatist activities or a color revolution here, to act above the law and undermine law and order, or to bring disasters upon the city by colluding with foreign forces," the spokesman said. "Any anti-China elements who want to destabilize Hong Kong will be condemned to everlasting infamy as national scum."

US congressional committees are reportedly due to start voting next week on the act, with measures under consideration, including annual reviews of the SAR's special economic status and the imposition of sanctions on those who undermine its autonomy.

Pelosi thanked the activists for "challenging the conscience" not only of the Chinese government, but the global community with their mass protests over Hong Kong's autonomous status.

She said the withdrawal of the extradition bill is welcomed but not enough. Pelosi warned others in the US government not to allow commercial interest to drive foreign policy in the region.

Wong called it a remarkable day to share the support of the US leaders. "We will continue our uphill battle until the day we enjoy freedom and democracy," Wong said.

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