World China warns the United States about Hong Kong
Beijing wants to present a "national security protection" law in Hong Kong
© REUTERS / Thomas Peter A giant screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping during the opening session of the National People's Congress on May 21 2020. The annual National People's Congress opens this Friday in Beijing with a little delay due to Coronavirus. However, it should be talked about, since a law on "protecting national security" in Hong Kong should be introduced.
CHINA-HONG-KONG-USA: China warns the United States about Hong Kong
by Sarah Wu and Marius Zaharia
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is ready to take all necessary retaliatory measures if the United States continues to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, the ministry warned on Friday Foreign Minister Donald Trump must make known during the day his reaction to the national security law that Beijing is about to introduce in the semi-autonomous city.
Washington is already calling for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this bill adopted on Thursday by the Chinese National People's Congress, whose decision should now be implemented by the authorities of Hong Kong, close to Chinese power .
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Donald Trump could notably decide to revoke the special status that the United States grants to Hong Kong because of its autonomy, allowing the city to be an important international financial pole.
The Hong Kong executive has also warned the American president.
"Any sanction is a double-edged sword that will not only harm the interests of Hong Kong but also significantly those of the United States," he said in a statement released Thursday evening.
The Hong Kong government thus recalls that the trade surplus of the United States vis-à-vis Hong Kong was 297 billion dollars (267 billion euros) over the period 2009-2018, more than any other trading partner of Washington, and that 1,300 American companies are established in the city.
China in turn threatens the USA with reprisals on Hong Kong
HONG-KONG-CHINA-PROTESTATION: China in turn threatens the USA with reprisals on Hong Kong © Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins CHINA THREATS ON IT USA REPRESSIBLES ON HONG KONG BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday threatened the United States with retaliation for threats of US sanctions over a Chinese national security bill in Hong Kong.
The Chinese bill, which should come into force before September, follows on from the vast protest movement experienced by Hong Kong last year against China's willingness to strengthen its grip on the city and restrict liberties of its inhabitants. Beijing, on the contrary, claims to want to preserve the stability of the territory, which has enjoyed a certain autonomy since its retrocession by Great Britain in 1997, and denounces an unrest provoked from abroad, in particular by the United States.
The text against secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference, must in particular allow the Chinese police and intelligence services to officially set up branches in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security, which can not carry out any activity in the city for the moment, said Thursday evening that it "would guide and support the police of Hong Kong to stop the violence and restore order".
For Alfred Wu, associate professor at the School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, this statement is "the clearest indication so far that the Ministry of Public Security will have the authority to oversee the Hong Kong police on national security matters. "
(French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse and Bertrand Boucey, edited by Blandine Hénault)
Hong Kong: London fears to see Beijing "crossing the Rubicon" .
HONG-KONG-EVENTS-GB-CHINA: Hong Kong: London fears to see Beijing "crossing the Rubicon" © Reuters / Tyrone Siu HONG KONG: LONDON REDOUGHT TO SEE BEIJING "CROSSING RUBICON" LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom on Tuesday reminded China of its international obligations regarding the autonomy of Hong Kong, which a security law could threaten. "The ball is in the court of the Chinese government. He has a choice to make," Dominic Raab, British Minister for Foreign Affairs, told Parliament.