Published: Fri, December 06, 2019

Lam: HK govt to introduce fourth round of relief measures

Lam: HK govt to introduce fourth round of relief measures

The financial hub has been rocked by almost six months of increasingly violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. "China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong's stability and prosperity and China's sovereignty". The last two weeks have been relatively quiet, as activists focused on winning district council elections that became a referendum on public support for the protests. The clashes were much smaller than earlier ones, but Lam said they threw cold water on her hopes that the relative peace would hold.

Asked Monday if his signature hurt the chances of a trade deal, Mr Trump said: "Well, it doesn't make them better, but we'll see what happens".

Denouncing the passing of the bill as a severe interference in China's internal affairs and a serious violation of worldwide law, Hua said Beijing will suspend the review of the request for US maritime vessels visiting Hong Kong and sanction several USA non-governmental organizations (NGO), effective Monday.

"We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that to continue", said a U.S. State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

China suspended U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong Monday after President Donald Trump signed legislation last week backing the pro-democracy protests that have been going on for months.

The Chief Executive also criticized the American law for suggesting that the rights of Hong Kong residents were being violated and stressed that they enjoyed freedom of the press, religious liberty and freedom of assembly.

China denies interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and says it is committed to the "one country, two systems" formula enshrined at the handover.

"Beijing will also sanction several organizations headquartered in the United States, including the National Endowment for Democracy and Human Rights Watch, saying these entities 'encouraged protesters to take up radical and violent criminal actions.' It is unclear what Beijing's sanctions will entail."

Groups facing sanctions include Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, the International Republican Institute and more.

When President Trump signed the Hong Kong legislation last week, he said he was doing so "out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong".

Protesters are demanding universal suffrage, an investigation into alleged police brutality and an end to China's perceived efforts to roll back the democratic freedoms promised when the former British colony was handed back in 1997.

"China urges the United States to correct its mistakes and stop any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs", she said.

Masked anti-government protestors hold a U.S. flag in Hong Kong, China, November 28, 2019.

"Of course it will have an impact. on confidence and because it creates an unstable environment, because companies will worry about the future with regard to the US government", she said.

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