torsdag 26. september 2019

Beijing vows to retaliate after US’ Hong Kong human rights bill is approved by congressional committees

China said it would “hit back forcefully” at the United States after American legislation which threatens to alter Hong Kong’s special economic status – introduced in support of the city’s pro-democracy protesters – moved closer to becoming law. Two Congressional committees in the US House and Senate approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 on Wednesday, setting the stage for votes in both chambers in coming weeks and ramping up pressure on Beijing to dial down tensions after three months of mass protests.

Beijing responded furiously to the bipartisan support for the bill – which could pave the way for diplomatic action and economic sanctions against the Hong Kong government – from both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.