The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned US Ambassador Terry Branstad to protest a Hong Kong-related bill which scraps the city’s preferential treatments and was signed into law a day earlier.
Deputy Minister Zheng Zeguang told Branstad the act grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs and seriously violated international laws and norms, and China will take measures including sanctions on American entities and personnel to safeguard its legitimate interests.
In an online statement, Zheng said enacting the national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region preserves the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens and will ensure long-term stability and prosperity for the city.
However, the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Act defamed the national security law with threats of sanctions and the intention of curbing China’s growth, and is doomed to fail.
China urged the US to scale back from implementing the law and relevant executive order and stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs, Zheng said.
Zheng said China has taken countermeasures and will continue to do so to defend its core interests, as the US challenges China in affairs relating to Xinjiang, Tibet, and the South China Sea.
CCP strongly opposes US law on Hong Kong
The top-level central government body overseeing Hong Kong affairs on Wednesday voiced strong opposition after US President Donald Trump signed into law the so-called “Hong Kong Autonomy Act”, saying China will impose corresponding sanctions on the United States.
Trump put his signature on an executive order that ends Washington’s preferential treatment for Hong Kong against the newly-enacted national security law for the special administrative region.
The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said in a statement that the national security law is consistent with the principle of “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law, and the necessity and legitimacy of the legislation are widely recognized by the international community.
“The meddling of the US in Hong Kong affairs by means of domestic law is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs and a wanton trampling on international law and basic norms governing international relations,” the office said.
It fully exposes its true intention of using Hong Kong to infiltrate the Chinese mainland and contain China’s development, it said.
Any so-called “sanctions” by the US will never shake the determination of China to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, it added.
The law has come into force and will be strictly enforced. Hong Kong is approaching a major turning point from chaos to governance, and the US interference will not succeed, the office said.
China to impose sanctions on US in response to HK act
China said on Wednesday it will impose sanctions on relevant United States personnel and entities after US President Donald Trump signed into law the so-called “Hong Kong Autonomy Act”.
Trump also put his signature on an executive order that ends Washington’s preferential treatment for Hong Kong.
The foreign ministry said in a statement Beijing strongly opposes the latest US action and urged Washington to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.
The act maliciously slanders the National Security Law for Hong Kong and threatens to put sanctions on China, which seriously violated international law and basic norms governing international relations, the ministry said.
Formulation and implementation of the law complies with relevant provisions of the Chinese Constitution and the HKSAR Basic Law, and will provide institutional and legal guarantees for the stability of “one country, two systems”, according to the statement.
It will also help safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests and guarantee Hong Kong’s long-term stability and prosperity.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region in China, and Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs that brook no foreign interference.
China is firmly determined to uphold national sovereignty, safeguard Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability and oppose external forces to meddle in Hong Kong affairs.
The US’s attempts to block the implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong will never succeed, the ministry said.
“To protect its legitimate interests, China will take necessary action to impose sanctions against related US institutions and individuals.”
China urges the US to correct its mistakes, refrain from implementing the so-called act and stop any interference in Hong Kong affairs and other domestic affairs of China, it said, adding if the US is bent on going down the wrong path, China will firmly respond.