BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Reuters / EP) –
The authorities in China have condemned on Wednesday the draft Law on Human Rights and Democracy of Hong Kong approved by the United States Senate that seeks to safeguard the sovereignty and security of the former British colony.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in a statement that “the United States should not interfere in the affairs of China and Hong Kong” and has urged the Senate to stop the measure that could become law.
Hours earlier, the United States Senate unanimously approved the draft Law on Human Rights and Democracy of Hong Kong before the repression exerted by the security forces against prodemocracy protesters, who have been protesting in the special Chinese administrative region for five months .
The Senate measure would require the United States to annually review whether China respects the autonomy of Hong Kong under US law.
The project must now return to the House of Representatives, which in October approved its own version. The two Chambers will have to resolve their differences before any legislation can be sent to the president, Donald Trump, for ratification.