Written by: Lin Jian
2019-11-21 11:53Last updated: 2019-11-21 11:53
The US House of Representatives passed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and the Senate version of the Hong Kong Protection Act on Wednesday (20th), meaning that the bill will come into effect once signed by President Trump. The Hong Kong SAR Government issued a statement today (21st) to express its strong opposition. It criticized the two bills for interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs and will "issue false messages to violent demonstrators and help the situation in Hong Kong to cool down." It called on the US government to carefully handle the Hong Kong-related laws. .
After the Senate passed the bill, someone celebrated with the American flag. (Associated Press)
A government spokesman reiterated that the relevant bills are neither necessary nor justified, but will also undermine the relationship and interests of Hong Kong and the United States. "The United States has enormous economic interests in Hong Kong, including earning a global presence in Hong Kong from Hong Kong over the past decade. The highest bilateral trade surplus among trading partners has exceeded US$33 billion last year alone. The US unilaterally changing its economic and trade policy toward Hong Kong will have a negative impact on the relationship between the two sides and the interests of the United States. In addition, Hong Kong and the United States are in export control. And the law enforcement also has close cooperation."
The spokesman also mentioned that the SAR government hopes to continue to maintain mutually beneficial cooperation with the United States. It is hoped that the US government will also carefully handle the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy and another bill on Hong Kong in line with this goal. The bill became American law.
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