The central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong strongly condemned the so called "Hong Kong Autonomy Act", signed into law by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as it “blatantly interfered” in China's internal affairs.
Citing the Hong Kong National Security Law, the United States insisted on passing the act and imposing sanctions on the city, in total disregard for the common will of the people of Hong Kong and their mainland compatriots, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said in a statement on Wednesday.
The legislation to safeguard national security is within China’s sovereignty and in line with common international practices, the statement read.
Its aim was to end chaos and close legal loopholes in Hong Kong, it said. The US should reflect on its role in Hong Kong's street violence and the advocacy of Hong Kong independence over the past year, the statement added.
The sanctions imposed on Hong Kong will only harm the interests of the US, the statement said.
The HKSAR government also opposed the Hong Kong act, calling it an act of US “hegemony”.
The SAR government pledged support for the central government to take countermeasures if the sanctions are in breach of World Trade Organization rules.
The US has been “hypocritical” as it claimed the Hong Kong act was “in support of Hong Kong people”, it said, adding that such actions undermined the relationship between the SAR government and the central government under “one country, two systems”.
Washington will only harm its own interests after it imposed unilateral restrictions on normal commercial activities, the SAR government said, as Hong Kong is now home to about 1,300 US companies in various sectors and to 85,000 US citizens.
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