(28 Nov 2019) Former Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday said US congressmen who supported bills on Hong Kong human rights were not “fully informed or correctly informed”.
US President Donald Trump’s signed the acts on Wednesday after they had been approved by Congress last week.
China has reacted furiously to the move and a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the law and says China will counteract.
It says all the people of Hong Kong and China oppose the move.
It’s still unclear, however, how China will respond exactly.
Leung spoke at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong against the signing of two bills.
“As I said, even Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House. I just can’t imagine how someone of her seniority on a matter as important as this could have said on record that Hong Kong should be given full autonomy,” he said.
Leung also said the bills were passed not with the interests of Hong Kong or human right voliations in mind.
“It’s all about China,” he added.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses and requires an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.
Another bill prohibits export of certain nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police.
The US legislation followed a stunning election victory by the pro-democracy camp in Sunday’s local elections, in a rebuke of the government’s handling of the crisis.
Leung said the success of pro-democracy candidates should not be exaggerated and the “consequences” of the vote result were unclear.
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