China and Hong Kong Reject Trump's Trade Threats

China and Hong Kong Reject Trump's Trade Threats
China and Hong Kong Reject Trump's Trade Threats

The Hong Kong government said the threatened actions by President Donald Trump are "unfair" and China is under its "legitimate rights" to pursue new national security laws that Beijing says will help calm months of unrest .

Separately, a spokesman for the Communist Party of China, People's Daily, wrote that the plans stated by Trump at the White House on Friday were "a great deal of interference" in Beijing's affairs and "doomed to failure". In a second comment published on its cover on Sunday, the newspaper criticized American and Western politicians accusing them of "double standards" and "shameless hegemony".

And the Chinese ambassador to the United States wrote in a Bloomberg Opinion editorial that the central government has the ultimate responsibility to maintain national security in Hong Kong, and that the proposed legislation would "protect law-abiding citizens."

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Hong Kong officials wrote in a 949-word statement that they are "not overly concerned" about Trump's proposed trade restrictions and sanctions.

Hong Kong will continue to rely on the rule of law, judicial independence and free and open trade policy, according to a statement released Saturday night at local time.

Officials defended the actions of China's legislature, with a plan passed this week to draft legislation that China considered necessary for national security, and that defenders of Hong Kong's democracy said Will limit freedom of expression. And it will weaken an independent judiciary.

Those actions, in addition to pandemic allegations, led Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to revoke the autonomy of the former British colony under US law. Trump promised "strong" and "important" actions, providing some details.

The Hong Kong government said in its statement that the "proposed law" does not create fear of loss of freedom by its people, which would justify international debate or intervention of another country. "And such apprehensions" are simply disappointing. ".

"We note with deep regret that President Trump and his administration continue to discredit and discredit the legitimate rights and duties of our sovereign to protect national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which aims to stabilize stability Has to be restored. Hong Kong's society. "Said the statement.

China's Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai wrote on Saturday that Hong Kong was "a romantic fusion of East and West."

"To our regret, that romance is evaporating," the messenger wrote. He said the violent actions of protesters against police, civilians and property had crossed "a red line" in Beijing. "Hong Kong is in disarray. China's national security is under threat. That is why the central government has chosen to take action."

Hong Kong has been shaken by protests, some of them violent, since last year when protesters demanded full democracy and police accountability, which have not yet been completed.

Recently, the coronovirus epidemic kept protesters at home; The biggest protests have returned last week when people fought controversial laws to enact abusive laws to enforce the new national security law in the Chinese national anthem and the territory of Beijing, which was relative autonomy after Britain returned to China in 1997.

China's rubber stamp legislature on Thursday approved a proposal for Hong Kong to sweep new national security laws, but it may take months for Chinese officials to prepare details of laws prohibiting sabotage, isolation, terrorism. Foreign intervention.

The People's Daily reported that China would strongly respond to any move by the United States, without specifying what action Beijing could take. In Sunday's comment, he said the proposed law is a legitimate step to protect China's sovereignty and conform to international practice.

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