China Retaliates After US Legislation
Supports Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement
December 02, 2019
A trade deal between the U.S. and
China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation
supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news
The news site quotes a source close to U.S. President Donald Trump's
negotiating team as saying the trade talks were "now stalled" because of
the legislation, and time was needed to allow Chinese President Xi
Jinping's "domestic politics to calm."
China is also taking other steps to retaliate against what it sees as
U.S. support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
The Chinese foreign ministry said Monday it is slapping sanctions on
U.S.-based non-governmental organizations that have acted "badly" during
the recent protests in Hong Kong. NGOs affected by the sanctions include
Human Rights Watch, the National Endowment for Democracy, and Freedom
China also announced Monday that it "has decided to suspend reviewing
the applications for U.S. warships to go to Hong Kong for (rest and)
recuperation as of today."
foreign spokeswoman said, "China urges the United States to correct its
mistakes, stop any deeds and acts of interference in Hong Kong affairs
and China's internal affairs."
In another development, Reuters reports that hundreds of Hong Kong
office workers came together during their lunch break Monday, the first
in a week of lunchtime protests to show their support for pro-democracy
politicians who were handed a resounding victory in district polls last
Protests erupted in Hong Kong in June over the local government's plans
to allow some criminal suspects to be extradited to the Chinese
Hong Kong officials withdrew the bill in September, but the street
protests have continued, with the demonstrators fearing Beijing is
preparing to water down Hong Kong's democracy and autonomy nearly 30
years before the former British colony's "special status" expires.