The spokesman of China’s Foreign Ministry has stated that the US Hong Kong Autonomy Law violates the norms of international law.
Zhao Lijian on Thursday October 15, 2020, said, “China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Law concocted by the US and its decision to sanction people.”
Beijing has faced widespread criticism over new national security law imposed on Hong Kong this July.
The law criminalizes any anti-China activity. It was prompted by year-long anti-government protests that rocked Hong Kong last year.
In a fresh anti-China measure, Washington on 14th October, 2020 issued first report mandated to US Congress under the Hong Kong Autonomy Act accusing region’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam of “undermining autonomy” from China.
The move, however, did not impose any sanctions on banks under the new law.
“Such practices seriously violate the basic norms of international law and international relations and severely interfere in China’s internal affairs, and the US should immediately correct its mistake,” Zhao asserted.
In a statement US State Department said the report “underscores our ongoing objection to Beijing’s actions that are intentionally designed to erode the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and impose the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) oppressive policies”.