China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

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China threatens to Suffer the Trade-Deal
China threatens to Suffer the Trade-Deal

China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

China has warned that it will fight back against any American action linking to Hong Kong amid Beijing’s plans to push through policy restricting dissent in the restive semi-autonomous region.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing on Friday that no other country would allow separatists to be a threat to national unity, after U.S. criticism against the proposed national security policy.

Zhao said that while Beijing still seeks understanding and dialogue with Washington, D.C., it would retaliate if the U.S. tries to oppress China, Reuters reported.

China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

The Hong Kong national security legislation is ready to be approved at the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing this week, where top Chinese Communist Party officials will meet to validate political and economic policy decided by leaders.

This is coming after a year of crisis in the former British colony. Mass demonstrations emerged last summer over proposed policy that would allow the conviction of criminal suspects to China.

Critics were agitated that this would permit Beijing to persecute political dissidents living in Hong Kong, which under the “One country, two systems” agreement were favoured with greater political liberty than mainland provinces.

China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

Millions of Hong Kong residents took to the streets to demonstrate against the policy, which was eventually maneuvered by pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam. But the crisis lent momentum to pro-democracy groups, who requested Lam’s resignation and free and fair elections in Hong Kong.

Lam’s government dispersed the protesters with force, deploying riot police—allegedly reinforced by mainland officers—to manage and control the dissent. For months, weekends in Hong Kong, mass demonstrations and fierce battles with police took over.

Demonstrations continued into 2020, but their momentum was tamed by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong. With the world being taken over by the virus, Beijing is now set to pass policy that would restrict “treason, secession, sedition and subversion” in Hong Kong.

China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

The new measures are expected to be agreed at the NPC this week, maneveuring the regional Legislative Council which in this present days has become a fierce battleground between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing officials.

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong were favored with bipartisan support from the U.S., where lawmakers passed the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” which permitted the U.S. to probe those violating human rights in the territory.

It also needs the State Department to affirm annually that the territory retains enough freedom to justify favorable trading conditions with the U.S. Beijing has consistently decried U.S. support for the protesters.

China to Retaliate if U.S-Intervenes in HongKong

On Thursday, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said: “Any effort to enforce national security legislation that does not show the interest of the people of Hong Kong would be highly unacceptable, and would be fought with strong condemnation from the U.S and therefore the international community.”

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