After senior American senators introduced legislation on Thursday requiring that the US president to protect Americans from the effects of the proposed Hong Kong extradition law, sanction individuals responsible for abducting booksellers, journalists and activists, senior Chinese officials on Friday were predictably less than thrilled, as well as requiring the State Department to re-certify Hong Kong's sovereignty every year to maintain its special trading relationship with the US.
And while more Hong Kong officials urged the government to 'pause' the process for passing the extradition bill, senior Chinese officials have reportedly summoned officials from the US embassy in Beijing to issue a stern warning to Washington not to interfere in the situation in Hong Kong
- CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS LODGED STERN REPRESENTATIONS TO U.S. REGARDING HONG KONG
- CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS SUMMONED SENIOR U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIAL IN BEIJING
- CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS URGES U.S. TO STOP INTERFERING IN HONG KONG AFFAIRS IMMEDIATELY
- CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS URGES U.S. TO NOT TAKE ACTIONS THAT HARM HONG KONG'S PROSPERITY AND STABILITY
- CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS CHINA RESOLUTELY OPPOSED TO U.S. INTERVENTION IN HONG KONG
The news helped push the dollar higher, and it's certainly not helping bolster the market's appetite for risk.
According to the SCMP, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Robert Forden, deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Beijing, to discuss the demonstrations in Hong Kong, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Le reportedly told Forden that China would not accept foreign forces meddling in Hong Kong affairs.
Le’s protest came after Beijing issued a stern warning to the United States over the extradition bill, reminding Washington that instability in the city does not serve American interests.
Underlining Beijing’s determination to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday that China was resolutely opposed to a move by US lawmakers to introduce bipartisan legislation that would require the US secretary of state to certify Hong Kong’s autonomy each year to justify special treatment for the city.
"The United States is one of Hong Kong’s major trading partners. It is in the interest of the United States that Hong Kong can continue to be prosperous and stable. It is not good for the United States to mess up Hong Kong," Geng said.
"I would like to emphasise China’s determination and will to uphold its unshakeable sovereign and development interests. We are not afraid of any threats or intimidation."
"Any attempt to create chaos in Hong Kong and undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability will be confronted by all Chinese people, including the vast number of Hong Kong compatriots."
Earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway said President Trump might raise the issue of Hong Kong with President Xi at the G-20 summit in Japan later this month.