- Title: China urges U.S. senators to "immediately" stop pushing forward Hong Kong bill
- Date: 6th September 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING AT REGULAR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "Some people in the U.S. are obstinately sticking to the wrong course, are unable to see right from wrong and are threatening to push forward a bill related to Hong Kong. They make irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong affairs and crudely interfere with China's internal affairs. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to this." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "Again, we wish to once again urge the relevant U.S. politicians to immediately stop the relevant Hong Kong bill and immediately stop interfering in any way in Hong Kong affairs and do more that is beneficial towards (building) trust between China and the U.S. and China-U.S. cooperation." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "All of the array of rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens are fully guaranteed according to the law. This is an objective truth that anyone (acting) without prejudice would recognise. Hong Kong's future and its fate must only be in the hands of all Chinese people, including the people of Hong Kong." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 20th September 2019 10:37
- Keywords: Chuck Schumer trade war Geng Shuang Schumer trade tensions Democrats US Senate Chinese foreign ministry Carrie Lam protests extradition bill Hong Kong
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AVIQ1JB
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- Story Text: China urged U.S. Senators on Friday (August 6) to "immediately" stop pushing forward legislation related to China's actions in Hong Kong, after the leader of the U.S. Senate Democrats said this bill would be a priority for the party when Congress returns to work next week.
Speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing in response to the comments, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday that any "futile plots" to undermine the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong would fail.
Senator Democrat leader Chuck Schumer had urged the Senate Majority Leader to bring up a bipartisan bill that would require an annual justification of the special treatment afforded by Washington to Hong Kong, including special trade and business privileges, under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.
The mounting Senate concern contrasts with a more "hands-off" approach to Hong Kong by Republican President Donald Trump. Last month Trump suggested China should "humanely" settle the problem in Hong Kong before a trade deal is reached with Washington. Earlier Trump called the protests "riots" that were a matter for China to deal with.
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