US Congress warned not to interfere in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protesters march to US consulate

Caution needed before the U.S. gets involved in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Government on Monday warned foreign governments not to interfere in the city's "internal affairs", following weekend protests that called for US support in the three-month-old crisis.

Demonstrators gathered near the US Consulate-General for a rally on the Hong Kong Human Rights Act now in the U.S. Congress.

Beijing will not give in to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and will not change its policy because of the USA government's political preference, the Global Times said in an editorial published on Monday.

"Many Hong Kong people think that it is kind of worldwide help that is very important because it help Hong Kong government be held accountable to the global community and the Chinese government too", Johns Hopkins professor Ho-Fung Hung said in an interview on Matt Lewis and the News on FTR Radio this past week.

The government said it was "very much in Hong Kong's own interest to maintain our autonomy to safeguard our interests and advantages under the "one country, two systems' principle" after the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997".

Hong Kong's separate customs territory status is not a gift given by the U.S. but it has a nature of mutual benefit, the editorial said, adding that United States political elites have no right to define Hong Kong's one country two systems principle.

Protesters shout slogans at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has since announced that the bill will be withdrawn.

Policemen stand guard in the rain as protesters gather near the Legislative Council continuing protest against the unpopular extradition bill in Hong Kong Monday
Policemen stand guard in the rain as protesters gather near the Legislative Council continuing protests against in Hong Kong

"I can't see Hong Kong become like this". It has denounced the protests, accusing the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest, and warned of the damage to the economy.

The bill would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. It said US citizens and embassy staff were targeted and urged them to exercise increased caution.

State news agency Xinhua said in a separate commentary that the rule of law needed to be manifested and that Hong Kong could pay a larger and heavier penalty should the current situation continue. But the president has suggested that it's a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used.

She withdrew the extradition bill, but protestors still want arrested protestors to be released, and independent enquiry and universal suffrage.

The protests are an embarrassment to China's ruling Communist Party ahead of the October 1 celebration of its 70th anniversary in power.

Wong was one of several prominent activists arrested late last month in a crackdown on protest leaders, and was released on bail shortly after his detention.

"Hong Kong people, we will never stop until Hong Kong is the place with democracy and freedom", said activist leader Joshua Wong.

Some students also showed up five minutes late to class to represent the five demands, which also include an amnesty for more than 1,000 arrested protesters, an end to the description of the protests as "riots", and fully democratic elections for the chief executive and for LegCo; something that Beijing ruled out on August 31, 2014, sparking the Umbrella movement for democratic reform. According to reports Monday, Wong was arrested on Sunday just before his planned trip to Germany and the U.S.to give interviews and speeches.

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