BEIJING, Sept 24 (Reuters) – China on Friday listed greater than 100 cases of what it stated was U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs, together with President Joe Biden’s present of assist for a pro-democracy newspaper.
U.S. politicians and officers have denounced China over its tightening management of the previous British colony of Hong Kong, particularly the imposition of a sweeping nationwide safety regulation final yr cracking down on dissent.
“The USA should not tolerate any drive that’s anti-China and stirs troubles in Hong Kong, or else it’ll solely be lifting a stone to hit one’s foot,” Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed a daily press briefing on Friday.
The ministry posted an inventory on its web site which detailed cases of U.S. interference since 2019, together with the signing of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act in 2020 by then-President Donald Trump.
Trump ordered an finish to Hong Kong’s particular standing below U.S. regulation to punish China for what he known as “oppressive actions” towards the monetary hub, which returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 with a assure of continued freedoms.
China criticised Biden for calling the closure of the Apple Day by day newspaper “a tragic day for media freedom” and an indication of “intensified repression by Beijing”.
The Apple Day by day, a preferred pro-democracy tabloid based by tycoon Jimmy Lai, who’s in jail and awaiting trial on nationwide safety expenses, was compelled to fold following a raid by 500 police on its headquarters in June 17 and the freezing of key belongings and financial institution accounts.
Authorities say dozens of the paper’s articles might have violated the nationwide safety regulation which critics say has been used to stifle free speech and erode different elementary freedoms assured within the territory’s “Fundamental Legislation” mini-constitution.
Chinese language and Hong Kong officers deny the cost and say the regulation has returned order to Hong Kong which was hit by months of generally violent pro-democracy, anti-China protests in 2019.
Different U.S. officers named on China’s record embody Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his successor, Anthony Blinken.
The international ministry didn’t clarify why the record was launched now or whether or not it will take punitive motion towards these named on the record.
China handed an anti-foreign sanctions regulation in June below which these concerned in making or implementing discriminatory measures towards Chinese language residents or entities may very well be placed on a mainland anti-sanctions record.
Such people may then be denied entry into China or be expelled. Their belongings in China could also be seized or frozen.
Biden final month supplied momentary “secure haven” to Hong Kong residents in the US, permitting what may very well be 1000’s of individuals to increase their keep in response to Beijing’s “assault” on Hong Kong’s autonomy. learn extra
Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Enhancing by Nick Macfie
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