China warned the U.S. Thursday it might take “firm counter steps” in response to U.S. legislation supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and said attempts to intervene in the Chinese-dominated city had been doomed to fail.
U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation that supported the protesters regardless of angry objections from Beijing, with which he’s seeking a contract to end a harmful trade conflict.
The legislation requires the State Division to certify, at least yearly, that Hong Kong is independent enough to justify beneficial U.S. trading terms that have helped the territory grow as a world financial center. It further threatens sanctions for human rights violations.
Beijing warned that the U.S. would shoulder the consequences of China’s counter steps if it continued to “act arbitrarily” in regards to Hong Kong, in keeping with a foreign ministry assertion.
Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government stated the laws sent the unsuitable signal to demonstrators and “clearly interposed” with the town’s internal affairs.
Anti-government demonstrations have roiled the former British colony for six months, at times forcing companies, government, faculties, and even the worldwide airport to close.
The financial hub has loved a rare peace in violence over the past week, with local polls on Sunday delivering a sweeping victory to pro-democracy candidates.
Hong Kong police entered the Polytechnic University Thursday at the end of a nearly two-week siege that noticed some of the worst clashes between protesters and security forces.
The college became a battleground in mid-November when protesters obstructed themselves in and fought with police in a hail of water cannons, petrol bombs, and tear gas. About 1,100 individuals had been arrested last week.