Hundreds of protesters were seen singing the United States national anthem during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Hong Kong Sunday.
Protesters were seen thanking President Donald Trump for his signing into law two bills that could enforce possible sanctions on China based on its handling of Hong Kong and banning anti-riot munitions to China.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad that the move was a “serious interference in China’s internal affairs and a serious violation of international law,” according to a foreign ministry statement.
#HongKongProtests: An estimated 380,000 people showed up to march today to remind the world, to never forget why they began protesting. That 4/5 demands of the Hong Kong protests are still unmet. pic.twitter.com/FkQ895sJg7
— The Epoch Times – China Insider (@EpochTimesChina) December 1, 2019
Le referred to Trump’s signing as a “nakedly hegemonic act” and asked the U.S. to not sign any bills that would further damage U.S.-China relations.
“The Chinese Communist Party must honor its promises to the Hong Kong people,” said a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The U.S. “believes that Hong Kong’s autonomy, its adherence to the rule of law, and its commitment to protecting civil liberties are key to preserving its special status under U.S. law,” it said.
“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said in a statement. “They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”
The Hong Kong riots have become increasingly more violent in the last five months in response to Chinese intervention on freedoms promised after Britain returned the city to China in 1997.
This follows a “Thanksgiving rally” in the city including thousands of people waving the American flag and holding up pictures of Trump photoshopped onto the movie boxer Rocky Balboa.
Trump posted the picture of him on Sylvester Stallone’s body on Wednesday without any context after a packed rally in Florida.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2019
It is not known how the legislation that Trump signed could affect the ongoing trade talks between U.S. and China.