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China will take strong countermeasures if US passes Hong Kong bill

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By Yang Sheng and Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2019/11/13 17:30:22

Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Wednesday that if the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" is passed by the US Senate and becomes law, China will definitely take strong countermeasures, while a Chinese expert said the act has no international legal basis and only shows that US politicians want to feed the "fire of chaos to keep it burning in the city."

The US should have a clear picture of the situation, stop pushing the so-called Hong Kong-related legislation and interfering in China's domestic affairs, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang while commenting on US senators' call for a vote on the bill.

The issues facing Hong Kong are not about so-called human rights or democracy, but it needs to bring order and end violence as soon as possible, Geng said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Geng's remarks came after US Republican Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that he wanted the Senate to pass the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" which will support rioters in Hong Kong.

Tian Feilong, an associate professor at Beihang University in Beijing and a Hong Kong studies expert said that whether the act would be passed or not, it has no international legal basis. Rather, it is a long-arm jurisdiction move based on US hegemony.

"What the US politicians want is to keep the fire burning," he said.

The senator has turned a blind eye to Hong Kong rioters' vandalism and violence, and brazenly endorses Hong Kong's radicals, which reveal his intention to sabotage Hong Kong's prosperity and contain China's development, Geng said.3

Geng warned that if the bill becomes law, not only China's, but US interests will be damaged. China will surely take strong measures to fight back the US wrongdoing, and defend its sovereignty.

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