Trump warns China of strong US response

May 22, 2020

World
Trump warns China of strong US response

Washington DC (USA), May 22: US President Donald Trump has warned that his country will react very strongly to Beijing's attempt to pass legislation to maintain public order in Hong Kong.
Trump told reporters on Thursday that he does not know what the legislation is, but said, "If it happens, we'll address that issue very strongly."
His remark came after a spokesperson for China's National People's Congress said that this year's session will discuss a national security legislation for Hong Kong.
US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus also criticized China's move. She said any effort to impose legislation that did not reflect the will of the people of Hong Kong would be highly destabilizing and met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community.
Republican and Democratic senators said China is attempting to interfere with Hong Kong's autonomy.
They introduced legislation on Thursday to impose sanctions on the high-ranking Chinese officials who are working on the legal system and on banks that do business with them.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was enacted in the US last November, following massive pro-democracy protests in the Chinese territory.
It stipulates that if Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy is compromised, the US can suspend preferential treatment and impose sanctions on officials involved in the suppression of human rights.
Source: NHK World