China Condemns U.S. Lawmakers’ Support for Hong Kong Protests

BEIJING (AP) -
Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A spokesman for China’s ceremonial legislature has condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

You Wenze called the comments “a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.”

He says Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people and Chinese population as a whole reject the actions of a “very small group of violent protesters” as well as “any interference of foreign forces.”

You did not mention any specific lawmaker or comments, but numerous U.S. senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the U.S. commitment to human rights and urged the Hong Kong government to end the standoff.

Congress also has the power to pass legislation affecting Hong Kong’s trading status.