The United States House of Representatives passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in October.
Since June this year, some of the violent protestors in Hong Kong, China, have justified their acts of destruction of public and private properties, disturbance of public order, attacks on the Special Autonomous Region government and the police as well as citizens under the name of “The Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement ”.
Those violent protests should have ended weeks ago as the basic demands that they set to attain were achieved early September in the form of the withdrawal of the extradition bill.
However, on October 15, the United States House of Representatives passed the “Hong Kong human rights and democracy Act”. The Chinese government made it clear that this “Act” ignores the facts, and openly supports radical fringe groups and violence in Hong Kong.
The United States is outrageously interfering in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese and Hong Kong people agree that after the return of Hong Kong to People’s Republic of China with the principle of “one country, two systems” and “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong” as well as the principle of a high degree of autonomy has fully been implemented. The rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens have long been obtained. The independent legislative system of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is guaranteed.
The law clearly stipulates that Hong Kong residents enjoy a wide range of rights and freedoms including freedom of expression, freedom of the press, assembly, and protest, including the provision of the implementation of international human rights conventions.
However repeated series of violent incidents have gone far beyond the scope of normal protests and peaceful demonstrations, breaking through the rule of law and trampling on morality.
The “Hong Kong human rights and democracy Act” passed by the United States has been intertwined with Hong Kong affairs. It’s real probable and intended purpose being to once more split Hong Kong from the People’s Republic of China.
Starting from September this year, Hong Kong regional governments, founding members of the government, as well as lawyers, intellectuals and Chinese overseas organisations have expressed strong opposition and solemn protest against the legislative actions of the United States Congress. In this regard, some scholars from China, the United States and other countries have expressed similar views.
Sourabh Gupta, a well-known scholar at the Institute for China-America Studies in the United States, in a written interview with Xinhua News Agency reporters, said that the real problem has been the U.S. veiled intentions: to first stir the pot, and thereafter to fan the flames of protest by providing oxygen to the worst political and militant elements within the protest movement in Hong Kong.
William Jones, president of the Washington Branch of the US Global Strategy Information magazine, said that the US House of Representatives is undoubtedly interfering in China’s internal affairs. If Hong Kong militants continue to arbitrarily succumb to the “encouragement” of the United States, they will eventually be cast aside by Hong Kong residents.
Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition, said in a recent event organised in the San Francisco Bay Area on Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism titled “The US Role in Hong Kong: Behind the Headlines”. The Hong Kong-related bill was launched against China and against the Hong Kong SAR government is a biased bill. The bill is not based on objective facts, but part of a strategy by the political will of the anti-China forces within the United States to weaken or even divide the People’s Republic of China.
This Act is a gross intervention in China’s domestic affairs, contrary to international law and international exchange standards, it is seriously undermining the normal order of international relations, and should be publicly condemned by the international community.