The United States warned China Thursday against any move to weaken Hong Kong’s autonomy following reports that China’s parliament will propose national security legislation for the territory in response to pro-democracy protests that often turned violent. "If it happens, we'll address that issue very strongly," U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday as he left the White House for a trip to Michigan. The president has been critical of China for several months, blaming it for the spread of the coronavirus beyond Wuhan, where it originated.
“Any effort to impose national security legislation that does not reflect the will of the people of Hong Kong would be highly destabilizing and would be met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community,” said Morgan Ortagus, State Department spokesperson.
“As the Secretary has stated, we are delaying the submission of our annual Hong Kong Policy Act Report to Congress to allow us to account for any additional actions that Beijing may be contemplating in the run-up to and during the National People's Congress that would further undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.”
Journalists attend a news conference by Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the National People's Congress, broadcast remotely to the…
Journalists attend a news conference by Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the National People's Congress, broadcast remotely to the media center on the eve of the annual legislature opening session in Beijing, May 21, 2020.
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