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    The government said that the implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle in the HKSAR is entirely the internal affairs of China. | Photo: Xinhua/ Wu Xiaochu

Published 26 June 2020
Opinion

The so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Act interferes with the nation's internal affairs.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday rejected U.S. legislation that would sanction companies or individuals that endorses the "one country, two systems" principle.

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Although the so-called  "Hong Kong Autonomy Act" was passed to the Senate, to become law, it must also pass the House of Representatives and be signed into law by U.S President Donald Trump.

The spokesman called the Act as "totally unacceptable," and that it will harm relations between the U.S and Hong Kong, putting in risk future development of common interests matters. Also, added that many of the terms used in it are "seriously misleading and unfounded."

"We (...) urge the US side to act responsibly by refraining from taking measures that may potentially affect the normal operations of financial institutions and the vast number of customers they serve."

A government spokesman stressed that anything regarding China and Honk Kong its entirely their internal affairs, and no external part should be interfering in any way possible.

"The people of Hong Kong enjoy extensive rights and freedoms which are enshrined in the Basic Law," the spokesman said, denying the allegations of political motivations in some protester's prosecutions.

"(...)Human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong are fully protected by the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other legislation."

Despite U.S. threats and international criticism, China's National People's Congress approved on May 28 a new national security law for HKSAR, which seeks to sanction secessionist and subversive activities, as well as foreign interference and terrorism.

A day after, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to revoke the special treatment of Hong Kong after considering that "it is no longer autonomous enough."

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