Beijing, Sep 19 : After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed Joshua Wong, Denise Ho and other Hong Kong activists to back the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, China furiously asked the US to respect the Asian nation’s sovereignty and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks in response to the news conference held by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday (Sep 18) with House members as well as Joshua Wong, Denise Ho and other Hong Kong activists to back the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.
“Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate enthusiastically support this legislation,” Pelosi said.
Hong Kong activists were in Washington making their case for U.S. support, including testifying at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
“China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes this move,” Geng said at a press briefing, accusing Pelosi and other US politicians of confusing right from wrong, engaging with Hong Kong separatists and grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Geng reiterated that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal matters and brook no interference from any outside forces.
“We strongly urge the US side to abide by international laws and basic norms governing international relations, respect China’s sovereignty, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form and advancing the Hong Kong-related act,” Geng said.
He also called on the US to desist from supporting any moves to undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.