China Threatens to Retaliate Against US Over Hong Kong

Voice of America News reports: “China has threatened to retaliate against the United States after President Donald Trump’s decision to begin the process of eliminating Hong Kong’s special status and impose restrictions on Chinese students in U.S. Trump’s action was prompted by a new Chinese national security law in Hong Kong.  

Speaking to reporters at the daily briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said ‘the announced measures severely interfere with China’s internal affairs, damage U.S.-China relations, and will harm both sides. China is firmly opposed to this,’ adding that ‘any words or actions by the U.S. that harm China’s interests will meet with China’s firm counterattack.’   

Trump said on Friday the controversial security law is tragic for the people of Hong Kong and violated China’s promise to protect its autonomy. 

He said the Chinese government had been ‘diminishing the city’s longstanding and very proud status.’

The president stopped short, however, of calling an immediate end to privileges that have helped Hong Kong remain a global financial hub…”

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