Wednesday 26 June 2019

Beijing's fury at US criticism over 'threat to Hong Kong's automony'

 

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam supports the move. Photo: Reuters
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam supports the move. Photo: Reuters

Sophia Yan

Beijing has denounced foreign interference after the US criticised a proposed Hong Kong extradition law that is expected to see thousands of protesters return to the streets today.

The US State Department expressed "grave concern" over the extradition bill on Monday, saying it could "undermine Hong Kong's autonomy" and harm its "long-standing protections of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values".

A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry described Washington's remarks as "irresponsible and erroneous".

The extradition bill, which would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial in mainland China, has generated an unprecedented wave of discontent at home and abroad. However, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, has promised to press ahead with the bill.

Irish Independent

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