Experts criticize US signing of HK act into law

BEIJING: Political experts worldwide and overseas Chinese communities have criticized the signing of a Hong Kong-related act into law by the United States, saying the move interferes in China’s internal affairs. They also believe that the U.S. signing the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law goes against international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and will negatively affect its relations with China as well as peace and stability worldwide.
Christine Bierre, editor-in-chief of France’s Nouvelle Solidarite magazine and an expert at Schiller France Institute, said the U.S. introduction of the act is absurd, as it would encourage and support the violence in Hong Kong.
The U.S. meddling in Hong Kong affairs interferes in China’s internal affairs and will cause severe harm to China-U.S. relations, she said.
Jose Luis Robaina, a researcher at Cuba’s International Policy Research Center, said Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China, and the Hong Kong-related act is simply an interference in China’s internal affairs.
The U.S. selective double standard on human rights is hypocritical and is inconsistent with international law and basic norms governing international relations, which serves its purpose of thwarting by all means China’s development in fields such as politics, economy, and science and technology, he noted.
Greg Cusack, a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives, said the act is a testament to the hypocrisy of the U.S. Congress.
“Do the members of this august body pretend that the kinds of disorder, violence and destruction Hong Kong has endured for many months would be tolerated anywhere else?” he asked. William Jones, Washington bureau chief of the U.S. publication Executive Intelligence Review, called the passage of the act a pure “interference in the affairs of China,” saying, “Many of the activists will be encouraged by this ‘support.’”. Zhang Fuming, president of the U.S. Chinese American Association of Commerce, said the U.S. act interferes in China’s internal affairs.– The Daily Mail-China Daily News Exchange items

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